Hand Force Reflection Using Pneumatic Muscle Actuators
Quarterly rept. no. 4
SALFORD UNIV MANCHESTER (UNITED KINGDOM) CENTRE FOR VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENTS
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The aim of this project has been the development of a light weight, user friendly hand force reflection device using pneumatic Muscle Actuators pMAs as the primary drive source. The project was divided into four parts. During the first period of this project a detailed study of the key motions of the human hand and the background technology was undertaken in order to determine the requirements of the system. As a second milestone a prototype is actuated by two pMAs, and reflects force into the middle finer and the thumb. It also exhibits the characteristics mentioned in the original proposal.