JRM Vol.18 No.5 pp. 564-571
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2006.p0564


Tracing Manipulation in Clothes Spreading by Robot Arms

Khairul Salleh, Hiroaki Seki, Yoshitsugu Kamiya,
and Masatoshi Hikizu

Kanazawa University, Kakuma-machi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-1192, Japan

October 14, 2005
December 27, 2005
October 20, 2006
edge tracing, deformable object, corner of clothes, clothes spreading, home service robot
Edge tracing is important in manipulating deformable objects to reveal their original shape. In this paper, we propose a unique and improved tracing manipulation for towel spreading, an example of a deformable object using two robot arms with sensors-equipped grippers and a CCD camera. Tracing in this paper context involves tracing the towel’s edge. Robot arm movement is based on feedback from sensors and from images from the CCD camera. Our proposed tracing manipulation ensures that both corners grasped by robot are adjacent and not across, enabling the towel to be successfully spread. Experimental results from spreading rectangular towels with different thickness, stiffness, smoothness, and color using our improved tracing manipulation demonstrated that our proposal is also robust.
Cite this article as:
K. Salleh, H. Seki, Y. Kamiya, and M. Hikizu, “Tracing Manipulation in Clothes Spreading by Robot Arms,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.18 No.5, pp. 564-571, 2006.
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