Fingertip contact forces are of utmost importance in evaluating the quality of the human grasp. However, measuring such forces during object manipulation is not a trivial task. In this paper, we propose a novel method to estimate the fingertip contact forces in grasping deformable objects with known shape and stiffness matrix. The proposed approach uses a sensing glove instrumented with inertial and magnetic sensors. Data obtained from the accelerometers and gyroscopes placed on the distal phalanges are used to determine when the fingers establish contacts with the object. The sensing glove is used to estimate the configuration of the hand and the deformation of the object at each contact with the fingertips of the human hand. The force exerted by each fingertip is obtained by multiplying the stiffness matrix of the object and the vector of object's local deformation in the contact point. Extensive simulations have been performed in order to evaluate the robustness of the proposed approach to noisy measurements, and uncertainties in human hand model. In order to validate the proposed approach, experimental validations with a virtual object have been performed. A haptic device was used to generate the contact forces with the virtual object and accurately measure the forces exerted by the users during the interaction.

Mohammadi, M., LISINI BALDI, T., S., S., Prattichizzo, D. (2016). Fingertip force estimation via inertial and magnetic sensors in deformable object manipulation. In Proc. 2016 IEEE Haptics Symposium (HAPTICS) (pp.284-289). IEEE [10.1109/HAPTICS.2016.7463191].

Fingertip force estimation via inertial and magnetic sensors in deformable object manipulation

MOHAMMADI, MOSTAFA;LISINI BALDI, TOMMASO;PRATTICHIZZO, DOMENICO
2016-01-01

Abstract

Fingertip contact forces are of utmost importance in evaluating the quality of the human grasp. However, measuring such forces during object manipulation is not a trivial task. In this paper, we propose a novel method to estimate the fingertip contact forces in grasping deformable objects with known shape and stiffness matrix. The proposed approach uses a sensing glove instrumented with inertial and magnetic sensors. Data obtained from the accelerometers and gyroscopes placed on the distal phalanges are used to determine when the fingers establish contacts with the object. The sensing glove is used to estimate the configuration of the hand and the deformation of the object at each contact with the fingertips of the human hand. The force exerted by each fingertip is obtained by multiplying the stiffness matrix of the object and the vector of object's local deformation in the contact point. Extensive simulations have been performed in order to evaluate the robustness of the proposed approach to noisy measurements, and uncertainties in human hand model. In order to validate the proposed approach, experimental validations with a virtual object have been performed. A haptic device was used to generate the contact forces with the virtual object and accurately measure the forces exerted by the users during the interaction.
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Mohammadi, M., LISINI BALDI, T., S., S., Prattichizzo, D. (2016). Fingertip force estimation via inertial and magnetic sensors in deformable object manipulation. In Proc. 2016 IEEE Haptics Symposium (HAPTICS) (pp.284-289). IEEE [10.1109/HAPTICS.2016.7463191].
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