A Novel Monolithic Soft Robotic Thumb for an Anthropomorphic Prosthetic Hand
Hao Zhou, Alireza Mohamtnadi, Denny Oetomo, Gursel Alici
IEEE ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION LETTERS | IEEE-INST ELECTRICAL ELECTRONICS ENGINEERS INC | Published : 2019
The thumb of a natural hand or a prosthetic hand plays a significant role in realizing a hand's grasping and manipulation activities. This requires that mechanical design of a prosthetic hand should allow its thumb to perform both abduction/adduction and flexion/extension in order to mimic a natural hand's grasping and manipulation abilities with a minimum number of actuators. In this letter, we propose a novel monolithic soft robotic thumb for an anthropomorphic and transradial prosthetic hand. The thumb and the whole prosthetic hand were fabricated using a low-cost three-dimensional printing technology, with sizes comparable to those of real human ones but with much lighter weights. Based ..View full abstract
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Awarded by ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, University of Wollongong
This work was supported by ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, University of Wollongong, under Grant CE140100012.