SIMPA: Soft-Grasp Infant Myoelectric Prosthetic Arm

De Barrie, Daniel, Margetts, Rebecca and Goher, Khaled (2020) SIMPA: Soft-Grasp Infant Myoelectric Prosthetic Arm. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters . ISSN 2377-3766

Full content URL: http://doi.org/10.1109/LRA.2019.2963820

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Abstract

Myoelectric prosthetic arms have primarily focused on adults, despite evidence showing the benefits of early adoption. This work presents SIMPA, a low-cost 3D-printed prosthetic arm with soft grippers. The arm has been designed using CAD and 3D-scanning, and manufactured using
predominantly 3D-printing techniques. A voluntary opening control system utilizing an armband-based sEMG has been developed concurrently. Grasp tests have resulted in an average effectiveness of 87%, with objects in excess of 400g being securely grasped. The results highlight the effectiveness of soft grippers as an end device in prosthetics, as well as the viability of toddler scale myoelectric devices.

Keywords:Prosthetics and Exoskeletons, Soft Robot
Subjects:H Engineering > H811 Biochemical Engineering
Divisions:College of Science > School of Engineering
ID Code:39383
Deposited On:07 Jan 2020 09:20

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