This paper presents the control methodology and experimental results for the bilateral haptic tele-operation of a pneumatic actuated crawling robot. The two front legs of a robot are teleoperated via a pair of PHANToM haptic interfaces. The system gives the human operator the impression that he/she is physically moving and positioning the robot legs. As the legs hit the ground, the operator would also feel the reaction force via the haptic feedback provided by the PHANToMs. To reduce the physical effort by the operator, kinematic and power scaling factors are applied. For stable tele-operation, the closed loop system is controlled to behave like a common energetically passive mechanical tool interacting with the human operator (on the PHANToM’s end) and the physical environment (on the Crawler’s end). The control design strategy treats the pneumatic actuators as a two-port nonlinear spring. While the mechanical port of the actuator acts on the mechanical structure of the crawler’s leg, the fluid port of the actuator is controlled to mimic the interaction between the pneumatic spring and the PHANToM, and to achieve co-ordination. The control methodology has been tested experimentally. While performing crawling motion, the RMS error of the robot foot placement error was 7mm, well within the crawler’s foot diameter of 25.4mm.

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