Hi all, first, I have two versions of my question: 1) what is wrong with the way I am trying to calculate the Jacobian and then its pseudo inverse? 2) Does anyone have a good reference for how to solve for the next angles of each joint based on the velocity of the end effector and Jacobian?

Now some background: I am working on a hexapod and trying to design the inverse kinematics and path following for the individual legs. Because this will involve a lot of repletion/trial and error, I am designing a simulator to help me test my pathing so I don’t accidentally break something. I’ve laid the groundwork for a lot of it; drawing the robot, homogenous transform calculation, even calculating the Jacobian.

What I’m running into is trouble solving for the inverse Jacobian. The first time it’s calculated seems fine and the arm moves a little bit toward its target. The second time it’s calculated, the values go to extremes causing the arm to basically invert itself. The third and subsequent times, it seems fine.

I’ve reviewed formulas, not seeing any issue there. I’ve reviewed outputs and haven’t found anything out of the ordinary besides the pseudo inverse. And the visuals appear to make sense after the inversion of the arm.

I’ve done a lot of research for examples of inverse Jacobian math but can only find symbolic solutions.

Is there something I’m missing? Code provided below, I’ll mention this is in Ocatave/Matlab.

Code:clc; clear; clearvars; function H = Hg(th,a,r,d) % Creates homogenous transform H = [cosd(th) -sind(th)*cosd(a) sind(th)*sind(a) r*cosd(th); sind(th) cosd(th)*cosd(a) -cosd(th)*sind(a) r*sind(th); 0 sind(a) cosd(a) d; 0 0 0 1]; end function drawLeg(t, xp, yp, zp, Body, CoxaS, FemurS, TibiaS, EndEfS) CoxaV = [CoxaS(1), FemurS(1); CoxaS(2), FemurS(2); CoxaS(3), FemurS(3)]; FemurV = [FemurS(1), TibiaS(1); FemurS(2), TibiaS(2); FemurS(3), TibiaS(3)]; TibiaV = [TibiaS(1), EndEfS(1); TibiaS(2), EndEfS(2); TibiaS(3), EndEfS(3)]; plot3(xp, yp, zp, 'b.') %draw path hold on plot3(CoxaV(1,:), CoxaV(2,:), CoxaV(3,:), 'm', 'LineWidth', 3) %draw coxa plot3(FemurV(1,:), FemurV(2,:), FemurV(3,:), 'g', 'LineWidth', 3) %draw femur plot3(TibiaV(1,:), TibiaV(2,:), TibiaV(3,:), 'r', 'LineWidth', 3) %draw tibia axis([Body(1)-5 Body(1)+5 Body(2)-5 Body(2)+7 Body(3)-5 Body(3)+5]) axis equal %body centered graph to make sure it stays in view while walking grid on hold off pause(t) end function [Th1, Th2, Th3] = stepLeg (t, Th1, Th2, Th3, x, y, z) ### DESIGN ROBOT ### % 3DOF articulting arm % Start with only z offset for center of robot. x00 = 0; y00 = 0; z00 = .5; % Link lengths a0 = 2; %distance from body center to leg 1, UPDATE FROM CAD a1 = .5; %length of coxa in cm aka base (joint 0) to joint 1 in z direction a2 = 1; %length of femur a3 = 1; %length of tibia ## DH Parameters ## Th0 = 30; %UPDATE FROM CAD A0 = 0; A1 = 90; A2 = 0; A3 = 0; r0 = a0; r1 = 0; r2 = a2; r3 = a3; d0 = 0; d1 = a1; d2 = 0; d3 = 0; ## Build vectors for each segment ## % Each line has an extra element to help the matrix math Body = [x00; y00; z00; 1]; Coxa = [0; a1; 0; 1]; Femur = [a2; 0; 0; 1]; Tibia = [a3; 0; 0; 1]; ## Generate all homogenous transforms ## Hb0 = Hg(Th0, A0, r0, d0); H01 = Hg(Th1, A1, r1, d1); H12 = Hg(Th2, A2, r2, d2); H23 = Hg(Th3, A3, r3, d3); Hb1 = Hb0*H01; Hb2 = Hb0*H01*H12; Hb3 = Hb0*H01*H12*H23; ## Calculate starting locations for each segment ## CoxaS = Hb0*Body; FemurS = Hb0*H01*Coxa; TibiaS = Hb0*H01*H12*Femur; EndEfS = Hb0*H01*H12*H23*Tibia; ## Draw the leg ## drawLeg(t, x, y, z, Body, CoxaS, FemurS, TibiaS, EndEfS) ### Now to give a target for the leg ### ## Generate Jacobian ## # Rotation matrices # Rbb = [1, 0, 0; 0, 1, 0; 0, 0, 1]; Rb0 = Hb0(1:3, 1:3); %use first three rows and first three columns Rb1 = Hb1(1:3, 1:3); Rb2 = Hb2(1:3, 1:3); # Displacement vectors # dbb = 0; db0 = Hb0(1:3, 4); %use first three rows of fourth column db1 = Hb1(1:3, 4); db2 = Hb2(1:3, 4); db3 = Hb3(1:3, 4); # Joint rotation velocity matrices # rbb = Rbb*[0;0;1]; rb0 = Rb0*[0;0;1]; rb1 = Rb1*[0;0;1]; rb2 = Rb2*[0;0;1]; # Create the culumns representing partial diffferentials for each joint # %zeroth = [cross(rbb, db3-dbb); rbb] % not needed since it's a fixed joint first = [cross(rb0, db3-db0); rb0]; second = [cross(rb1, db3-db1); rb1]; third = [cross(rb2, db3-db2); rb2]; # Concatinate into the jacobian # fullJ = [first, second, third]; % only need the cartesian portion J = fullJ(1:3, 1:3) Jinv = pinv(J) %Print for troubleshooting ## Calculate the velocity of the end effector ## EndEfS %Print for troubleshooting TargetX = x(1) %Print for troubleshooting TargetY = y(1) %Print for troubleshooting TargetZ = z(1) %Print for troubleshooting Err =[x(1); y(1); z(1); 0] - EndEfS %Print for troubleshooting fullV = ([x(1); y(1); z(1); 0] - EndEfS)*t;% Calculate velocity of EE V = fullV(1:3); % Removing the last element since it's trash info # Calc new joint angles # w = pinv(J)*V; % Calc joint velocities delTh = w.'/t % Calc change in joint angles Th0 = Th0; %this should never change? Th1 = Th1 + delTh(1); Th2 = Th2 + delTh(2); Th3 = Th3 + delTh(3); end ### TIME STEP ### t = .001 ### BUILD PATH ### % test to determine how piecewise funcitons would work to create path. % This square looks really nice for now for i = 1:96 if i <= 24 x(i) = i/6; y(i) = 3; z(i) = 1; elseif 24 < i && i <= 48 x(i) = x(i-1); z(i) = z(i-1)+1/6; y(i) = 3; elseif 48 < i && i <= 72 x(i) = x(i-1) - 1/6; z(i) = z(i-1); y(i) = 3; elseif 72 < i && i <= 96 x(i) = x(i-1); z(i) = z(i-1) - 1/6; y(i) = 3; end end ### Set Up Initial Angles ### % Starting angles Th1 = 60; %UPDATE FROM CAD Th2 = 0; Th3 = 0; ### Time Loop ### for i = 1:10 [Th1, Th2, Th3] = stepLeg(t, Th1, Th2, Th3, x, y, z) end

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