ACT Hand Robot: Smart Hand Robot
ACT Hand Robot, ACT Hand
ACT Hand Robot incorporates neuromusculoskeletal aspects of the anatomy that are functionally crucial in order to use control signals that resemble the neural commands. These aspects include the tendon insertion points, general bone shapes, the extensor mechanisms, muscle contraction behavior, joint axes locations, joint range of motion, and the general size and weight of the human hand. The fully functional ACT Hand platform allows for the possibility of designing and experimenting with novel control algorithms. These algorithms will lead to a deeper understanding of human dexterity as well as for advancements in current prosthetic, industrial, and personal assistance robotic hand design and control.
The core of the bones is comprised of a set of steel beams, which offers superior strength and durability; and, although not easy to machine, the beams are much more straightforward to fabricate than the complex surface shapes in the previous design. Attached to the beams are outer plastic shells fabricated using stereolithography. Because the shells are only used in compression in this application the strength provided by the plastic material is enough.
Specifications (ACT Hand Robot)
|Motor||6 brush-less DC motors|
|Microcontroller||each motor is connected to a miniature controller|
- Country: USA
- Company: The University of Texas at Austin