The SoftHand Pro: Translation from Robotic Hand to Prosthetic Prototype

  • Sasha B. Godfrey
  • Matteo Bianchi
  • Kristin Zhao
  • Manuel Catalano
  • Ryan Breighner
  • Amanda Theuer
  • Karen Andrews
  • Giorgio Grioli
  • Marco Santello
  • Antonio Bicchi
Conference paper
Part of the Biosystems & Biorobotics book series (BIOSYSROB, volume 15)

Abstract

This work presents the translation from a humanoid robotic hand to a prosthetic prototype and its first evaluation in a set of 9 persons with amputation. The Pisa/IIT SoftHand is an underactuated hand built on the neuroscientific principle of motor synergies enabling it to perform natural, human-like movements and mold around grasped objects with minimal control input. These features motivated the development of the SoftHand Pro, a prosthetic version of the SoftHand built to interface with a prosthetic socket. The results of the preliminary testing of the SoftHand Pro showed it to be a highly functional design with an intuitive control system. Present results warrant further testing to develop the SoftHand Pro.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sasha B. Godfrey
    • 1
  • Matteo Bianchi
    • 1
    • 4
  • Kristin Zhao
    • 2
  • Manuel Catalano
    • 1
    • 4
  • Ryan Breighner
    • 2
  • Amanda Theuer
    • 2
  • Karen Andrews
    • 2
  • Giorgio Grioli
    • 1
    • 4
  • Marco Santello
    • 3
  • Antonio Bicchi
    • 1
    • 4
  1. 1.Istituto Italiano di TecnologiaGenoaItaly
  2. 2.Mayo ClinicRochesterUSA
  3. 3.Arizona State UniversityTempeUSA
  4. 4.University of PisaPisaItaly

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