ICRA'09 Paper Abstract


Paper FrA5.3

Takaki, Takeshi (Hiroshima University), Omata, Toru (Tokyo Institute of Technology)

High Performance Anthropomorphic Robot Hand with Grasp Force Magnification Mechanism

Scheduled for presentation during the Regular Sessions "Grasping - I" (FrA5), Friday, May 15, 2009, 09:10−09:30, Room: 403

2009 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, May 12 - 17, 2009, Kobe, Japan

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Keywords Multifingered Hands, Mechanism Design, Grasping


This paper presents a lightweight 328 g anthropomorphic robot hand that can exert a large grasp force. We propose a combination mechanism of a flexion-drive and a force-magnification-drive for a cable driven multifingered robot hand. The flexion-drive consisting of a feed screw enables quick motion of its fingers and the force-magnification-drive consisting of an eccentric cam, a bearing and a pulley enables a firm grasp. This paper also proposes a three-dimensional linkage for the thumb. This linkage consists of four links and is driven by a feed screw. It can oppose to a large force exerted by the other fingers with the force-magnification-drive. These mechanisms are compact enough to be installed in the developed lightweight hand. We experimentally verify that the maximum fingertip force of the hand exceeds 20 N and that the thumb can hold a large force of 100 N. The time to fully close the hand by using the flexion-drives is 0.47 s. After the fingers make contact with an object, the time to achieve a firm grasp by using the grasp-magnification-drive is approximately 1 s.



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