9 January 2008 Powered glove with electro-pneumatic actuation unit for the disabled
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Proceedings Volume 6794, ICMIT 2007: Mechatronics, MEMS, and Smart Materials; 67943H (2008) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.783875
Event: ICMIT 2007: Mechatronics, MEMS, and Smart Materials, 2007, Gifu, Japan
Abstract
Authors have been developing a powered glove for people suffering from paralysis on their fingers to support their daily activity. Small air cylinders are used as actuators for this glove. Pneumatically-driven system has high advantages in case soft actuation is preferable. However, there are some problems to be solved in the pneumatically-driven system if the system is supposed to be used in our daily life. Huge air compressor is needed and solenoid valves emit loud sound for example. These problems are hurdles to commercialize the powered glove. To solve these problems authors have developed a new actuation unit by integrating an electric cylinder and an air cylinder. This actuation unit has advantages of both the electric actuation and the pneumatic actuation. Its advanced grip control ability has demonstrated through several experiments. The experimental results are reported in this paper.
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Kosuke Kawakami, Kosuke Kawakami, Shinichi Kumano, Shinichi Kumano, Shunji Moromugi, Shunji Moromugi, Takakazu Ishimatsu, Takakazu Ishimatsu, } "Powered glove with electro-pneumatic actuation unit for the disabled", Proc. SPIE 6794, ICMIT 2007: Mechatronics, MEMS, and Smart Materials, 67943H (9 January 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.783875; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.783875
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