Construction of a Dual Axis Force Reflection Stick and Test Station
Final rept. Oct 1989-Sep 1991,
ARMSTRONG LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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This report describes the construction of a dual axis force reflecting stick controller and test station which was constructed through the use of basic research funds ILIR monies. The prototype described in this report is powered only by electric motors and used the latest technology in computers. This was an advancement over a previous prototype which involved pneumatic devices and was very large, bulky, and awkward to use. An experiment was conducted with 5 subjects as described herein to test the overall system for its use in experimental design. The motivation for developing such a small test station for the use of force reflection in stick controllers is because with this new compact and portable system, many new applications now appear for this technology. The system described herein minimizes both weight and electric power requirements to produce the same force reflection. By upgrading the technology in the components used in this test station, wider use of force reflection is now available for a host of new applications.
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