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Cutaneous Feedback of Fingertip Deformation and Vibration for Palpation in Robotic Surgery

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Cutaneous Feedback of Fingertip Deformation and Vibration for Palpation in Robotic Surgery
Abstract—Despite its expected clinical benefits, current teleoperated surgical robots do not provide the surgeon with haptic feedback largely because grounded forces can destabilize the system’s closed-loop controller. This article presents an alternative approach that enables the surgeon to feel fingertip contact deformations and vibrations while guaranteeing the teleoperator’s stability. We implemented our cutaneous feedback solution on an Intuitive Surgical da Vinci Standard robot by mounting a SynTouch BioTac tactile sensor to the distal end of a surgical instrument and a custom cutaneous display to the corresponding master controller. As the user probes the remote environment, the contact deformations, DC pressure, and AC pressure (vibrations) sensed by the BioTac are directly mapped to input commands for the cutaneous device’s motors using a model-free algorithm based on look-up tables. The cutaneous display continually moves, tilts, and vibrates a flat plate at the op...
Claudio Pacchierotti, Domenico Prattichizzo, Kathe
Added 10 Apr 2016
Updated 10 Apr 2016
Type Journal
Year 2016
Where TBE
Authors Claudio Pacchierotti, Domenico Prattichizzo, Katherine J. Kuchenbecker
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