Design of a Body-Powered, Variable Strength and Conformable Shape Prosthetic Hand

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Design of a Body-Powered, Variable Strength and Conformable Shape Prosthetic Hand

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People with below elbow amputations often wear a body-powered prosthesis due to its affordable cost and the fact that it can improve their ability to do daily activities. While this technology is functional, it poses difficulties when trying to work with a range of different objects. The focus of this work is to improve its versatility by engineering both variable grip strength and changeable gripper shape capabilities into the device. Through mechanism design, the new prosthesis will have user-selected force options, thereby being able to hold objects of different masses. Additionally, exploring conformable-topology gripper designs will enable the ability to be able to grab items of diverse shapes and textures.

Publication Date

4-18-2018

Project Designation

Honors Thesis

Primary Advisor

Timothy Reissman

Primary Advisor's Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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Stander Symposium poster

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Presenter: Zhipeng Jiang

Design of a Body-Powered, Variable Strength and Conformable Shape Prosthetic Hand

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