///Direct Drive Hands: Force-Motion Transparency in Gripper Design
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PhD Speaking Qualifier


Ankit Bhatia PhD Student Robotics Institute,
Carnegie Mellon University
Tuesday, March 19
1:00 pm
- 2:00 pm
NSH 3305
Direct Drive Hands: Force-Motion Transparency in Gripper Design

The Direct Drive Hand (DDHand) project is exploring a new design philosophy for grippers. The conventional approach is to prioritize clamping force, leading to high gear ratios, slow motion, and poor transmission of force/motion signals. Instead, the DDHand prioritizes transparency: we view the gripper as a signal transmission channel, and seek high-bandwidth, high-fidelity transmission of force and motion signals in both directions. The resulting design has no gears and no springs, occupying a new quadrant in the servo gripper design space. In this presentation, I will present the direct drive gripper design philosophy, compare the performance of different design choices, describe our current design and implementation, and demonstrate a fly-by “smack and snatch” grasping motion to show the gripper’s ability to safely detect and respond quickly to variations in the task environment.

Matthew Mason
Ralph Hollis
Aaron Johnson
Reuben Aronson