Development of pneumatic myoelectric hand with simple motion selection

Kotaro Nishikawa, Masayuki Shakutsui, Kentaro Hirata, Masahiro Takaiwa

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Of the 82 thousand upper-extremity amputees in our country, the majority use prosthetic hands. Recently, research and development of myoelectric hand have come to the forefront. However, due to the usage of multiple electric actuators, the myoelectric hand is heavy, structurally complicated and expensive. Thus, the authors propose a pneumatically-driven prosthetic hand with bellows incorporated in the joint. This grip force exceeds that of general pneumatically-driven prosthetic hands. Also it is lightweight of 240 g, reducing user fatigue. The hand’s control performance showed quick response to the reference angle and pressure. Moreover, this prosthetic hand enables grasping, pinching, and typing by simple motion selection although it is not equipped with motion estimation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntelligent Robotics and Applications - 9th International Conference, ICIRA 2016, Proceedings
EditorsKazuo Kiguchi, Naoyuki Kubota, Takenori Obo, Honghai Liu
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9783319435176
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event9th International Conference on Intelligent Robotics and Applications, ICIRA 2016 - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: Aug 22 2016Aug 24 2016

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume9835 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other9th International Conference on Intelligent Robotics and Applications, ICIRA 2016


  • Bellows
  • Motion selection
  • Myoelectric hand
  • Pneumatic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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