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Modular Dexterous Hand

Abstract 

A modular dexterous grasping hand comprises three rotatable fingers mounted on the mounting plate of a Stewart platform for rotation about parallel axes extending perpendicular to the mounting plate. The fingers have a generally L shape so that the grasping elements at the distal ends of the fingers are spaced from the rotational axes. The grasping elements can thus be positioned along the arcs of circles centered on the rotational axes, and so form grasping triangles of variable shapes and sizes. The fingers are independently driven by motors mounted to the mounting plate. Positional encoders and pressure sensors may be included in the motor drive control system.

Inventor(s)

Fabrice de Comarmond
Josip Loncaric

Date Issued 

10/01/1991

Patent No. 

5,052,736