Flat Coil Actuator having Coil Embedded in Linkage

S.C. Venema, E. Matthes, B. Hannaford (2002) Flat Coil Actuator having Coil Embedded in Linkage. US 6,437,770 B1.

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A flat-coil actuator embedded in a linkage of a mechanical interface for a force feedback device. The linkage rotates about an axis, where a flat coil is embedded in the linkage between two ends or connection points of the linkage. Magnets are positioned parallel to the flat coil, where a force is produced on the linkage when a current is flowed in the coil. An embedded position sensor, such as an optical encoder, can be coupled to the linkage. A force feedback device incorporating the flat-coil actuator includes a user manpulandum, where the linkage is coupled between a ground and the user manipulandum. Other linkages can also be coupled to the actuator to provide mechanisms such as a five-bar linkage mechanism.

Item Type: Patent
Subjects: Z Other
Divisions: Department of Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Margaret Thompson
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2015 23:32
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2015 23:32
URI: http://brl.ee.washington.edu/eprints/id/eprint/29

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