Hardware Design of a Wearable System for Gesture-Based Teleoperation of a Robotic Manipulator

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2007-06-05

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To overcome some of the difficulties of robotic teleoperation using hand controllers, a new approach is necessary, namely gesture-based control. A review of sensors currently in use for human joint angle measurement is presented. Based on this review, a method was chosen that uses a variable-length fiber optic sensor. Several different types of optical fibers, along with a variety of test configurations, were initially evaluated, and the most promising of these were selected for further testing. This thesis describes these methods of evaluation and the final system design and testing of a wearable system for gesture-based control of a robotic manipulator, including a discussion of sensor placement to obtain improved results. The final system presented requires improvements and continued research to become usable for robotic control. However, the basic concept and design are shown to provide reliable information regarding relative human joint motion.

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