Alexander L. Burka
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Haptics Lab Research: Visuo-Haptic Sensing


Modern robots are equipped with advanced vision hardware, often 3D (using a stereo camera or a Kinect-like device). However, multimodal perception is still in development, especially in the area of haptics (that is, touching things). Not many robots have haptic sensors, and even when they do, they aren't standardized and we don't always know how to interpret the data.

In my project, we designed and built the Proton Pack, a portable, self-contained, human-operated visuo-haptic sensing device. It integrates visual sensors with an interchangeable haptic end-effector, perceiving a surface simultaneously.

Here are the major parts of the project: