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Various humanoid robots and multi-fingered robot hands are used in research and development. As these robot hands grasp and manipulate an object, the control phase is divided into an “approach phase” and a “manipulation phase.” In the approach phase, a position control method is necessary to control the posture of the robot hand. In the manipulation phase, a force control method is necessary to control the fingertip force of the robot hand. However, it is difficult to control both the force and position of these hands at the same time. In this paper, we propose a grasping force control method based on position control for manipulation. In this proposed method, the finger position is controlled in the direction of the force vector. With this control method, any external force is cancelled and the initial force is kept constant, or the setting force is applied to an object.
Date of Conference: 11-15 April 2011