Accession Number : ADA289215

Title :   Survey and Implementation of Commercial Manual Controllers for a Generic Telerobotics Architecture.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : Deeter, Thomas E.

PDF Url : ADA289215

Report Date : DEC 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 128

Abstract : The purpose of this study is to determine an input device for the Air Force's generic telerobotics architecture for large aircraft maintenance and repair. One area of concern is the human to machine interface, more specifically, which manual controller should be used for the specified tasks in this architecture. We mailed a survey to 68 companies in order to compile a list of possible input devices that the telerobotics architecture could use. 32 companies responded which gave me enough data to generate a list that described the physical traits of the input devices. We then divided the required tasks into actions and analyzed them to generate a list of traits required by an input device. Both the task analysis and device listings were combined mathematically to form a performance table which revealed the possible devices that could perform each individual action. To aid in development of the Air Force's generic telerobotics architecture, we integrated four input devices into a VME based operating system called CHIMERA. These four devices represent the four different sensor types that are currently available in today's market. The first device is a mouse which relays position changes of the mouse to the computer. The second device is a joystick that can be used in two different ways. The joystick can measure position data of the hand position or it can measure the displacement of the hand from the center of the total movement. The third device is a six degree of-freedom (DOF) spaceball that measures the amount of force for position data and rotational data. The fourth device is a Schilling manual controller which has a one-to-one mapping from the controller joints to the manipulator joints.

Descriptors :   *ROBOTICS, *AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE, *ROBOTS, *MANIPULATORS, INPUT, MEASUREMENT, INTEGRATED SYSTEMS, CONTROL SYSTEMS, AIR FORCE RESEARCH, HUMANS, INTERFACES, DISPLACEMENT, THESES, DEGREES OF FREEDOM, MACHINES, TABLES(DATA), MANUAL OPERATION, HANDS, JOINTS.

Subject Categories : Aircraft
      Cybernetics
      Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE