Accession Number : ADD012973

Title :   Tactile Bumper for a Mobile Robot or Platform.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Everett,Hobart R ; Wright,Catherine S

Report Date : 24 Jun 1986

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : A tactical bumper is configured to obtain sensory information for impact detection and collision avoidance from the entire perimeter of an associated autonomous mobile robot or platform. The tactile bumper comprises a plurality of free-floating strips encased in a housing and is disposed in a spring-loaded fashion so as to normally be in an extended position. A plurality of microswitches are affixed to the housing and are arranged behind the plurality of free-floating strips in such a fashion so as to be activated by any displacement thereof. The most significant component(s) of the tactical bumper are a plurality of free-floating corner pieces, each of which is configured with an angled cut at its ends so as to mate with complementary angled cuts of juxtaposed ones of the plurality of free-floating strips. Thus, when a free-floating corner pieces comes into contact with another surface, it will press against the juxtaposed free-floating strip(s), aforementioned, causing it, in turn, to activate the microswitch nearest to the free-floating corner piece.

Descriptors :   *PATENTS, *IMPACT PREDICTION, *DETECTION, PLATES, CONFIGURATIONS, COLLISION AVOIDANCE, DISPLACEMENT, FLOATING BODIES, MOBILE, ROBOTS

Subject Categories : Cybernetics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE