Date of Award
Mechatronics Systems Engineering
Kimon P. Valavanis, Ph.D.
Electromyography, Vibration motor, Prosthetic hand
A cost-effective five-finger prosthetic hand is designed from aluminum, modeled and controlled using surface Electromyography (EMG) signals, which are obtained from the human body. Force sensors are used to control required forces needed to grasp and pick objects. A prototype hand is developed and it is experimentally tested to reproduce a wide spectrum of human hand motions. The size of the five-finger hand is similar to an adult male human hand, and it is capable of reproducing most of movements. Each finger has the same number of links as the real/human hand. Each finger also has a force sensor used to sense applied forces to the fingertip, subsequently dictating to the amputee to take specific actions. By using a vibration motor, the amputee knows if any ‘object’ is in touch with the prosthetic hand. Compared to other existing (and more expensive hands that include biotic sensors and smart motors), it is shown and it is experimentally validated that this cost-effective prosthetic five-finger hand is durable, strong, and capable of reproducing hand motions.
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Almuhanna, Mohammad Yahya, "Cost-Effective Prosthetic Hand Controlled by EMG" (2016). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1200.
Received from ProQuest
Mohammad Yahya Almuhanna