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This paper is concerned with construction of a mathematical model for a class of lumped-parameter dynamics of a pair of robot fingers with soft and deformable tips pinching a rigid object. It is then shown that, in the case of a pair of planer fingers with two and three joints and a 2D rigid object with parallel or non-parallel flat surfaces, there exists a(More)
A mathematical model expressing motion of a pair of multi-DOF robot fingers with hemi-spherical ends grasping a 3-D rigid object with parallel flat surfaces is derived together with non-holonomic constraints. By referring to the fact that human grasp an object in the form of precision prehension dynamically and stably by opposable forces between the thumb(More)
This study proposes a mathematical uncertainty model for the spatial measurement of visual features using Kinect™ sensors. This model can provide qualitative and quantitative analysis for the utilization of Kinect™ sensors as 3D perception sensors. In order to achieve this objective, we derived the propagation relationship of the uncertainties between the(More)
This paper presents a development of an anthropomorphic robot hand, `KITECH Hand' that has 4 full-actuated fingers. Most robot hands have small size simultaneously many joints as compared with robot manipulators. Components of actuator, gear, and sensors used for building robots are not small and are expensive, and those make it difficult to build a small(More)
This paper proposes a strategy for grasp and manipulation of unknown objects. In order to derive force relations of fingers, the groped shape of soft fingers is introduced. The groped shape is not equal to the real object shape, but is tightly related to the force equilibrium of fingers. By considering contact forces of the groped shape, a simple control(More)
The human thumb is a digit playing crucial roles among all digits used for object manipulation. The special feature of the thumb termed as pad-opposition with four other fingers makes human precision manipulation possible, and during four other fingers dexterously manipulate an object, the thumb functions as a role of stably supporting other's manipulating(More)
This paper proposes a method for controlling an object with parallel surfaces in a horizontal plane by a pair of finger robots. The control method can achieve stable grasping, relative orientation control, and relative position control of the grasped object. The control inputs require neither any object parameters nor any object sensing, such as tactile(More)
This paper focuses on the Riemannian distance and its application to skilled-motion plannings for the system. The Riemannian distance from one pose to another and vice versa is defined as the minimum curve-length measured by the Riemannian metric based upon the system inertia matrix among all curves connecting the two poses. The minimum-length curve in this(More)