Natural Examples of Grasping

  • Mark R. Cutkosky
Part of the The Kluwer International Series in Engineering and Computer Science book series (SECS, volume 6)


The hand has been extensively studied in the medical literature and a great deal is now known about how nerves, tendons and muscles control the fingers. It can be an invaluable source of inspiration in designing and controlling grippers, provided we recognize that some attributes of the human hand may not be required, or even desirable, in a manufacturing environment. There is a tendency to suppose that advanced manufacturing grippers should copy the human hand, since it is the most versatile gripper we know.7 But the hand has evolved over millions of years as an organ used as much for sensation and communication as for manipulation.


Human Hand Precision Grip Intrinsic Muscle Tactile Information Pacinian Corpuscle 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark R. Cutkosky
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  1. 1.Stanford UniversityUSA

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