Development of intelligent McKibben actuator

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The aim of this study is to develop an Intelligent McKibben actuator with an integrated soft displacement sensor inside, so that displacement of this actuator can be controlled without having any extra devices attached. In addition, the high compliance which is a positive feature of the McKibben actuator is still conserved. This paper consists of four main parts. First of all, different types of soft displacement sensors made out of rubber were composed, and tested for their functional characteristics. Secondly, the Intelligent McKibben actuator was developed with the soft displacement sensor incorporated within. Then, experiments of the position servo control with a single Intelligent McKibben actuator were carried out. At last a robot arm mechanism was designed with two Intelligent McKibben actuators, and those experimental results showed a great potential for its future applications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2005 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)0780389123, 9780780389120
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Publication series

Name2005 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS


  • Intelligent actuator
  • McKibben actuator
  • Soft mechanism
  • Soft sensor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Control and Systems Engineering


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