Spatially continuous six degree of freedom position ...

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Title Spatially continuous six degree of freedom position and orientation sensor
Author(s) Lee Danisch, Kevin Englehart, Andrew Trivett
Journal Sensor Review
Date 1999
Volume 19
Issue 2
Start page 106
Abstract This paper describes SHAPE TAPE, a thin array of fiber optic curvature sensors laminated on a ribbon substrate, arranged to sense bend and twist. The resulting signals are used to build a three dimensional computer model containing six degree of freedom position and orientation information for any location along the ribbon. The tape can be used to derive dynamic or static shape information from objects to which it is attached or scanned over. This is particularly useful where attachment is only partial, since, shape tape knows where it is relative to a starting location. Measurements can be performed where cameras cannot see, without the use of magnetic fields. Applications include simulation, film animation, computer aided design, robotics, biomechanics, and crash testing.

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