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Research Article

A Soft Anthropomorphic & Tactile Fingertip for LowCost Prosthetic & Robotic Applications

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/eai.28-2-2018.155078,
        author={E. L. Secco and C. Moutschen},
        title={A Soft Anthropomorphic \& Tactile Fingertip for LowCost Prosthetic \& Robotic Applications},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on Pervasive Health and Technology},
        volume={4},
        number={14},
        publisher={EAI},
        journal_a={PHAT},
        year={2018},
        month={7},
        keywords={Anthropomorphic Design, Biologically Inspired Design; Sensor Integration, Sensor Optimization},
        doi={10.4108/eai.28-2-2018.155078}
    }
    
  • E. L. Secco
    C. Moutschen
    Year: 2018
    A Soft Anthropomorphic & Tactile Fingertip for LowCost Prosthetic & Robotic Applications
    PHAT
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.28-2-2018.155078
E. L. Secco1,*, C. Moutschen2
  • 1: Robotic Laboratory, Department of Mathematics & Computer Science, Liverpool Hope University, Hope Park L16 9JD, UK
  • 2: HELMo-Gramme University, Quai du Condroz, 28, 4031 Angleur, Belgium
*Contact email: seccoe@hope.ac.uk

Abstract

Nowadays, prosthetic and robotic hands have reached an amazing dexterity and grasping capability. However, to enhance a proper tactile 'experience', dexterity should be supported by proper sensation of daily life objects which such devices are supposed to manipulate. Here we propose a low cost anthropomorphic solution for the integration of a force sensor within a biologically inspired fingertip. A commercial force resistive sensor is embedded within a human-like soft fingertip made of silicone: the housing of the sensor - a 3D printed bay embedded within the fingertip - is analyzed via Finite Element Analysis and optimized to enhance sensor response. Experiments validate the design and proposed solution.