A compliant, underactuated hand for robust manipulation


L. U. Odhner, et al., “A compliant, underactuated hand for robust manipulation,” International Journal of Robotics Research, In Press.


This paper introduces the {iRobot-Harvard-Yale} ({iHY)} Hand, an underactuated hand driven by 5 actuators that is capable of performing a wide range of grasping and in-hand repositioning tasks. This hand was designed to address the need for a durable, inexpensive, moderately dexterous hand suitable for use on mobile robots. The primary focus of this paper will be on the novel simplified design of the {iHY} Hand, which was developed by choosing a set of target tasks around which the hand was optimized. Particular emphasis is placed on the development of underactuated fingers that are capable of both firm power grasps and low-stiffness fingertip grasps using only the compliant mechanics of the fingers. Experimental results demonstrate successful grasping of a wide range of target objects, the stability of fingertip grasping, as well as the ability to adjust the force exerted on grasped objects using highimpedance actuators and underactuated fingers.


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