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ThinkMind // GLOBAL HEALTH 2017, The Sixth International Conference on Global Health Challenges // View article global_health_2017_1_10_70055


Smart Grip Prosthetic Hand

Authors:
Vicken Tchangoulian
Vicken Daghlian
Ali Hage-Diab
Bassam Hussein
Hassan Khachfe

Keywords: prosthesis; amputation; smart grip

Abstract:
In a fast paced world, an accident can happen to anyone of us, changing and impacting our lives negatively. Some of these accidents have irreversible consequences, like the amputation of a limb. Recent studies show that there are about 16 amputations per 100,000 people in Lebanon. Through the decades, engineers and scientists have come up with different solutions to make the lives of amputees somewhat easier, specifically transradial amputation. Unfortunately, fully functional prosthetic hands cost anywhere between $5000-$120000. The current project proposes a solution at a reasonably affordable cost for a highly durable prostheses that can satisfy the needs of an amputee coming from any financial background. To manufacture a durable prostheses, aluminum was used to machine the parts of the inner skeleton. To make the cover, we used fiberglass molding and finished it off with a glossy paint job. The aluminum parts are connected to each other by steel bearings and stainless steel rivets, nuts, and bolts. The fingers are actuated by steel cables, which are pulled by servo motors. The fingers are reset to their initial positions by spring loaded steel cables. The smart grip system, which is the main innovative characteristic of the prostheses, senses the presence and the slipping of an object between the fingers. The whole system is controlled by an Arduino microcontroller. In addition, the smart grip system can be used in many other industrial applications related to the fields of robotics. With this project, we managed to prove our concept of the smart grip system, but there is still room for improvement.

Pages: 1 to 4

Copyright: Copyright (c) IARIA, 2017

Publication date: November 12, 2017

Published in: conference

ISSN: 2308-4553

ISBN: 978-1-61208-604-0

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Dates: from November 12, 2017 to November 16, 2017

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