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3D Contact Position Estimation of Image-Based Areal Soft Tactile Sensor with Printed Array Markers and Image Sensors
Year of publication
2020
Author
Jong-il Lee, Suwoong Lee, Hyun-Min Oh, Bo Ram Cho, Kap-Ho Seo, Min Young Kim
Journal
Sensors
volume
1424-8220
Issue
13
Page
3796
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첨부 3D Contact Position Estimation of Image-Based Areal Soft Tactile Sensor with Printed Array Markers and Image Sensors.pdf (9.5M) 1회 다운로드 DATE : 2020-09-11 11:28:56

Tactile sensors have been widely used and researched in various fields of medical and industrial applications. Gradually, they will be used as new input devices and contact sensors for interactive robots. If a tactile sensor is to be applied to various forms of human–machine interactions, it needs to be soft to ensure comfort and safety, and it should be easily customizable and inexpensive. The purpose of this study is to estimate 3D contact position of a novel image-based areal soft tactile sensor (IASTS) using printed array markers and multiple cameras. First, we introduce the hardware structure of the prototype IASTS, which consists of a soft material with printed array markers and multiple cameras with LEDs. Second, an estimation algorithm for the contact position is proposed based on the image processing of the array markers and their Gaussian fittings. A series of basic experiments was conducted and their results were analyzed to verify the effectiveness of the proposed IASTS hardware and its estimation software. To ensure the stability of the estimated contact positions a Kalman filter was developed. Finally, it was shown that the contact positions on the IASTS were estimated with a reasonable error value for soft haptic applications.



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