This study was a collaborative project with Nicola Ferrier at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Robotics and Intelligent Systems Laboratory. The project period was 1998–2000, and the principal investigator was Mitchell Tyler.
This project developed a first prototype tactile feedback system for a tongue-controlled robot to assist persons with quadriplegia. We expect the tactile feedback to enhance the ease and speed with which users may manipulate objects using the robot. The block diagram below illustrates this concept schematically.
This work is published in: N. Droessler, D. Hall, M. E. Tyler and N. J. Ferrier, Tongue-based electrotactile feedback to perceive objects grasped by a robotic manipulator: Preliminary results, in Proc. 23rd Annu. Int. Conf. IEEE Eng. Med. Biol. Soc., Istanbul, IEEE, 2001.