Design of a Body-Powered, Variable Strength and Conformable Shape Prosthetic Hand
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.
Primary Advisor's Department
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Stander Symposium poster
"Design of a Body-Powered, Variable Strength and Conformable Shape Prosthetic Hand" (2018). Stander Symposium Posters. 1408.