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Prismatic/Revolute Orienting Apparatus

UW ID: 09-061

Description of Technology

          The Prismatic/Revolute Orienting Apparatus provides a two degree-of-freedom spherical orienting device applicable to point end effectors containing items such as cameras, mirrors, lasers, antennas, and similar devices.


          This technology, due to its speed and precision, can be used for communications signals, lightshows, target illumination and more using the laser function. Using the camera and mirror pointing, this technology can be used for image jitter reduction for land, sea, air and space platforms. Examples include military and commercial helicopters, firefighting robots, etc.

Features & Benefits

          The Prismatic/Revolute Orienting Apparatus features greatly simplified kinematics, therefore making it possible to rotate about either direction without any movement in the actuator. Additionally, the linkage consists of straight bars, making the design simpler and less expensive to manufacture than current devices. Furthermore, this device can point faster, smoother and with more precision.

Downloadable PDF: 09-061


Patent Status: 

Utility Patent Issued

Contact Us: 

University of Wyoming Technology Transfer and Research Products Center 

Dept. 3672

1000 E. University Ave. 

Laramie, WY 


Phone: 307-766-2520

Fax: 307-766-2530


Contact Us

Wyoming Technology Transfer and Research Products Center

Dept. 3672

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2520

Fax: (307) 766-2530


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