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Within reach: Integrating robotics, biology improves functionality of prosthetic hand – ASU Now

Thursday, 10 February, 2022

Within reach: Integrating robotics, biology improves functionality of prosthetic hand – ASU Now

The SoftHand Pro, pictured at the Cybathlon 2020 international assistive technology competition, is the first prosthesis to combine soft robotic technologies and the natural biomechanics of the human hand to improve the functionality, versatility and robustness of hand prostheses for people with upper limb loss. Photo courtesy of IIT-Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

 
Twenty-seven bones, 27 joints, more than 30 muscles and over 100 ligaments make up the human hand.
Coordinating these components with our brain and nervous system, hands are capable of doing amazing things. One thing scientists have not yet been able to do with their own brains and hands, however, is design an effective prosthesis for the thousands of people affected by upper limb loss.
“There are many (prosthetic) hands developed by research that are beautiful engineering masterpieces. The problem is, they often don’t get out of the lab,” says Marco Santello, a professor of biomedical engineering in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. “There is a huge gap between building something very elegant and sophisticated and something that someone would like to use in daily activities.”
Read more at: https://news.asu.edu/20220209-within-reach-integrating-robotics-and-biology-improves-functionality-prosthetic-hand

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