A Soft Anthropomorphic & Tactile Fingertip for Low-Cost Prosthetic & Robotic Applications

Secco, Emanuele Lindo and Moutschen, Cedric (2018) A Soft Anthropomorphic & Tactile Fingertip for Low-Cost Prosthetic & Robotic Applications. EAI Endorsed Transactions on Pervasive Health and Technology, 4 (14). ISSN 2411-7145 (Accepted for Publication)

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Abstract

Nowadays, prosthetic and robotic hands have reached an amazing dexterity and grasping capability. However, to enhance a proper tactile 'experience', dexterity should be supported by proper sensation of daily life objects which such devices are supposed to manipulate. Here we propose a low cost anthropomorphic solution for the integration of a force sensor within a biologically inspired fingertip. A commercial force resistive sensor is embedded within a human-like soft fingertip made of silicone: the housing of the sensor - a 3D printed bay embedded within the fingertip - is analyzed via Finite Element Analysis and optimized to enhance sensor response. Experiments validate the design and proposed solution.

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Additional Information and Comments: Copyright © 2018 E.L. Secco and C. Moutschen, licensed to EAI. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/), which permits unlimited use, distribution and reproduction in any medium so long as the original work is properly cited.
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > Mathematics and Computer Science
Depositing User: Emanuele Secco
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2018 10:19
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2018 10:25
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2586

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