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A Soft Synergy-based Hand Prosthesis with Hybrid Control

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Project "SoftHand Pro-H" data sheet

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Coordinator
FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA 

Organization address
address: VIA MOREGO 30
city: GENOVA
postcode: 16163
website: www.iit.it

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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Total cost 149˙787 €
 EC max contribution 149˙787 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-PoC
 Funding Scheme ERC-POC
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-01-01   to  2018-03-31

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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA IT (GENOVA) coordinator 76˙037.00
2    QBROBOTICS SRL IT (NAVACCHIO CASCINA) participant 73˙750.00

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 Project objective

In the project “SoftHands” we have achieved not only a more thorough understanding of the organization and control of hands, but also a principled approach to taming the complexity of hand design. The original concept of “soft synergies” has underpinned the realization of radically new artificial hands: “SoftHands” have been demonstrated to be more adaptive and capable than most artificial hands, yet are simpler to control and more robust. One application of these ideas and technologies which stands out for potential impact and social relevance, although not originally foreseen in the ERC AG plan, is the realization of upper limb pros-theses. The objective to realize a prosthetic hand that is anthropomorphic, aesthetically pleasing, and enables an amputee to perform most activities of daily living as well as advanced prostheses, while being robust, intuitive, and economic as basic body-powered split-hook prostheses requires a much longer and larger re-search and development effort than an ERC POC can support. In this proposal we study the feasibility of applying the SoftHand technology to address one particular, but very important, objective, i.e. work-oriented prostheses. The specific requirements of these applications are high grip power, grasp versatility, resilience, resistance to water, dust, and temperature, durability, power autonomy and low cost – while factors such as aesthetics or silent operation are less dominant. Of particular relevance is the control interface with the patient. Virtually all work-oriented prostheses are operated via a body-powered cable, which is very intuitive to use and does not need batteries, motors, and sensors. On the other hand, advanced multi-fingered prostheses have sophisticated myoelectric control affording versatility and dexterity. In this project, we will engineer and experiment a novel hybrid control for a SoftHand prosthe-sis, whereby a traditional cable harness commands the advanced mechatronic system of the SoftHand.

 Publications

year authors and title journal last update
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2017 Sasha Blue Godfrey, Matteo Rossi, Cristina Piazza, Manuel Giuseppe Catalano, Matteo Bianchi, Giorgio Grioli, Kristin D. Zhao, Antonio Bicchi
SoftHand at the CYBATHLON: a user’s experience
published pages: , ISSN: 1743-0003, DOI: 10.1186/s12984-017-0334-y
Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 14/1 2019-06-12
2017 C. Piazza, M.G. Catalano, S.B. Godfrey, M. Rossi, G. Grioli, M. Bianchi, K. Zhao, A. Bicchi
The SoftHand Pro-H: A Hybrid Body-Controlled, Electrically Powered Hand Prosthesis for Daily Living and Working
published pages: 87-101, ISSN: 1070-9932, DOI: 10.1109/MRA.2017.2751662
IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine 24/4 2019-06-12

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