Problem being addressed[edit | edit source]
Several high technology prostheses are available worldwide however these are often too expensive. The high cost is a barrier to access in developing countries.
Detailed description of the solution[edit | edit source]
The hand can exert approximately 14 N of force with a powerful and precise grasp. The palm is made out of a wood plate, and the fingers are light, robust, and resemble human fingers. The device also takes advantage of using of one-way tendons so that complex dexterity is not required.
Relevance to developing country settings[edit | edit source]
This device is designed for developing countries because it can be built without special technical skills or machines. Although it does not provide fine manipulation, it is a cheap tool that could aid in farming and other daily tasks.
Designed by[edit | edit source]
- Designed by: Enrico Ullmann
- Manufacturer: PMARlab Robot Design Research Group of the University of Genova
- Manufacturer location: Genova, Italy
Funding Source[edit | edit source]
This device receives academic funding from the University of Genova.
References[edit | edit source]
Internally generated reports[edit | edit source]
Ullmann, E., Cepolina, F., and Zoppi, M. (2004, July 1-2). Upper limb prosthesis for developing countires. Proc. of IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Manipulation and Grasping. PDF available here.