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Man Feels With Robotic Fingers in DARPA Breakthrough

To adequately mimic the function of a human hand and arm, a robotic prosthetic must interface with the wearer’s nervous system in a way that enables the wearer both to control the arm through brain commands and to receive sensory feedback from the limb. DARPA-funded research …

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Keeping Prosthetic Legs Upright Using a Natural Approach

Lower-leg amputees will test Carnegie Mellon’s balance recovery technology. (Photo credit: Carnegie Mellon University)

A robotic leg prosthesis from Carnegie Mellon University could help users avoid falls, using techniques based how humans control real flesh and bone. Hartmut Geyer, assistant professor of robotics at CMU, says a control strategy devised by studying human reflexes and other neuromuscular control systems has shown …

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Bio-inspired robotic finger looks, feels and works like the real thing

The finger was placed under the manipulandum while it was locked to measure the maximum force each SMA actuator was capable of applying. (b) The manipulandum was subsequently unlocked and a spring was placed between the two sides to measure the force and displacement of the finger with a compliant object. (Photo credit: FAU)

Inspired by both nature and biology, Erik Engeberg of Florida Atlantic University has designed a novel robotic finger that looks and feels like the real thing. The robotic finger uses shape memory alloy (SMA), a 3D CAD model of a human finger, a 3D printer, and a unique thermal …

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Iron-Man Inspired, Light Up Prosthetic Hand for Kids

Pat Starace says his light-up Iron Man prosthetic was designed to be "awesome." Photo courtesy of PatStarace.com.

A new Arduino-powered prosthetic hand not only looks like Iron Man’s, it also lights up in multiple ways. Mechanical designer and animator Pat Starace says he designed the child-sized hand with three goals in mind. “It had to look awesome, it had to perform awesome, and …

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