A spherical encoder for real-time measurements of three-DOF wrist orientations

Kok Meng Lee, Debao Zhou

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Abstract

The need for simultaneous measurement of more-than-one degrees-of-freedom (DOF) motions of an object can be found in numerous applications such as robotic assembly, precision machining, optical tracking, wrist actuators, and active joysticks. Conventional single-axis encoders, though capable of providing high-resolution linear or angular measurements, require additional mechanical linkages that often introduce frictions, backlashes, and singularities. In this paper, a non-contact optical sensor for three-DOF orientation measurement is present. Unlike other contemporary designs, which often require a specific pattern to be drawn on a surface, this optical sensor presented here relies only on microscope features on natural surfaces to detect incremental motions. Here we offer a detailed description of the design and the development of a dual-sensor system capable of measuring three-DOF motions in real time. The analysis that is essential for optimizing the sensor design, has been validated experimentally.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
Pages1596-1601
Number of pages6
Volume2
StatePublished - Dec 26 2003
Event2003 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems - Las Vegas, NV, United States
Duration: Oct 27 2003Oct 31 2003

Other

Other2003 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
CountryUnited States
CityLas Vegas, NV
Period10/27/0310/31/03

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