Develop a Small Mobile Robot Along With Piezoelectric Ultrasonic Motors Which Can Be Made Compact For Use On a Small Robot.
Final rept. 16 Sep 94-31 May 96.
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This report describes research undertaken to develop mechanisms for telepresence surgery and the basic technologies that would enable a surgeon to direct a self-propelled endoscope through a patients large intestine from a remote location. Three omni-directional belt-driven prototypes were built and driven through an intestine-like environinent. In addition, enabling technologies of thick-film PZT and 8mm ultrasonic motors were developed. The latter demonstrated stall torque densities 50 times those of comparably-sized electromagnetic DC motors.
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