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Robotic Armband Shows Promise for Advanced Dexterity — AZo Robotics

Saturday, 25 June, 2022

Robotic Armband Shows Promise for Advanced Dexterity — AZo Robotics

Erik Engeberg, Ph.D., (seated) senior author, pictured with the dexterous artificial hand used for the study. (Image Credit: Alex Dolce).

Forward by our Assistant Editor – Possible breakthrough for prosthetic limb users. People who have lost their arm(s) rely on myoelectric hands. Even after intense training on controlling the robotic substitute, there’s still lack of sensation. a wearable armband to help prosthetic hand users has been invented to improve the artificial hand hold multiple things simultaneously. With the armband being bimodal and having soft actuators for the steady-state pressure feedback, the user has control of the prosthetic fingertip forces. In addition, vibrotactile buzzers also help to tell the difference between objects.
By Khaleel Chima - Assistant Editor - Lead Roving Reporter – Ability Today

Robotic Armband Shows Promise for Advanced Dexterity — AZo Robotics

AZoRobotics speaks with Dr. Erik Enegberg from Florida Atlantic University about his research into a wearable soft robotic armband. This could be a life-changing device for prosthetic hands users who have long-desired advances in dexterity.

Typing on a keyboard, pressing buttons on a remote control, or braiding a child’s hair has remained elusive for prosthetic hand users. How does the loss of tactile sensations impact limb-absent people’s lives?

Losing the sensation of touch has a profound impact on people’s lives. Some of the things that may seem simple and a part of everyday life, such as stroking the fur of a pet or the skin of a loved one, are a meaningful and fundamental way to connect with those around us for others. For example, a patient with a bilateral amputation has previously expressed concerns that he might hurt his granddaughter by accidentally squeezing her hand too tightly as he has lost tactile sensation.
Read more at: https://www.azorobotics.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=529

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