Testing and Performance

The robotic hand was not designed to meet a specific set of requirements or capabilities. Rather, the idea was to create a soft robotics project that would be accessible to a wider audience. Performance of the soft robotic hand has been acceptable, based on the goals of the project. 

  • Keep the project low cost
  • Use easily available materials
  • Use techniques that most hobbyists would find not too difficult

The resulting design was published in the May issue of Popular Science.

The video below demonstrates the hand and control board operation.

The following subsections will discuss performance observations of the individual actuators, the hand as a whole, and the control board.