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Wave Haptics: Building Stiff Controllers from the Natural Motor Dynamics

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Wave Haptics: Building Stiff Controllers from the Natural Motor Dynamics
— Haptics, like the fields of robotics and motion control, relies on high stiffness position control of electric motors. Traditionally DC motors are driven by current amplifiers and encoder-based position feedback creates virtual springs. Unfortunately, sensor quantization, discretization, and amplifier bandwidths impose performance limits, while the amplifiers work hard to cancel the motor’s electrical dynamics. We present an alternate approach noting the natural inductorresistor dynamics of the motor are indeed beneficial to the haptic task. We follow two main insights: First, the electrical inductance L can serve as a stiffness, providing a natural sensorless coupling between the virtual environment and the user. This physical effect is available at all frequencies and can be exploited in the bandwidth of human perception through an analog circuit that replaces the traditional current amplifier. Second, the analog circuit uses the electrical resistance R to create a natura...
Nicola Diolaiti, Günter Niemeyer, Neal A. Tan
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Type Journal
Year 2007
Where IJRR
Authors Nicola Diolaiti, Günter Niemeyer, Neal A. Tanner
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