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RESEARCH PAPERS: Design Technology

On Functionality of a New Mechanical Hand

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A. Rovetta

Institute of Mechanics of Machines, Polytechnic of Milan, Milan, Italy

J. Mech. Des 103(2), 277-280 (Apr 01, 1981) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3254904 History: Received March 01, 1980; Online November 17, 2009

Abstract

This paper deals with the functionality of a new mechanical hand, able to grasp objects of generic shape. In its morphology it is similar to the human hand; in its functionality it is adaptable as a robot extremity or, with some specific devices, as a prosthesis. This paper examines the mechanical aspects of this mechanism, in order to point out some basic characteristics. Its properties might be considered for a development of its adaptability to multiple functions, in robotics and maybe in orthopaedics.

Copyright © 1981 by ASME
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