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Title: Six degree of freedom sensor

Abstract

This small, non-contact optical sensor increases the capability and flexibility of computer controlled machines by detecting its relative position to a workpiece in all six degrees of freedom (DOF). At a fraction of the cost, it is over 200 times faster and up to 25 times more accurate than competing 3-DOF sensors. Applications range from flexible manufacturing to a 6-DOF mouse for computers. Until now, highly agile and accurate machines have been limited by their inability to adjust to changes in their tasks. By enabling them to sense all six degrees of position, these machines can now adapt to new and complicated tasks without human intervention or delay--simplifying production, reducing costs, and enhancing the value and capability of flexible manufacturing. 3 figs.

Inventors:
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Univ. of California (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
335491
Patent Number(s):
5883803
Application Number:
PAN: 8-719,061
Assignee:
Univ. of California, Oakland, CA (United States)
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 16 Mar 1999
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
44 INSTRUMENTATION, INCLUDING NUCLEAR AND PARTICLE DETECTORS; 32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; OPTICAL SYSTEMS; MEASURING INSTRUMENTS; COMPUTERIZED CONTROL SYSTEMS; MACHINERY; DEGREES OF FREEDOM; DISPLACEMENT GAGES; MANUFACTURING; ON-LINE MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS

Citation Formats

Vann, C S. Six degree of freedom sensor. United States: N. p., 1999. Web.
Vann, C S. Six degree of freedom sensor. United States.
Vann, C S. Tue . "Six degree of freedom sensor". United States.
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abstractNote = {This small, non-contact optical sensor increases the capability and flexibility of computer controlled machines by detecting its relative position to a workpiece in all six degrees of freedom (DOF). At a fraction of the cost, it is over 200 times faster and up to 25 times more accurate than competing 3-DOF sensors. Applications range from flexible manufacturing to a 6-DOF mouse for computers. Until now, highly agile and accurate machines have been limited by their inability to adjust to changes in their tasks. By enabling them to sense all six degrees of position, these machines can now adapt to new and complicated tasks without human intervention or delay--simplifying production, reducing costs, and enhancing the value and capability of flexible manufacturing. 3 figs.},
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