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i-Robot: A new approach to robotics to make our life easier and safer, Part 11

Robotics can be empowered by solutions from electronics technology to realize systems with incredible effectiveness that can perform like an artificial hand able to replace a real human hand without the need for surgery and being, at the same time, cheaper than other similar solutions (see Figure 1):

Figure 1

The Hannes functionality: a new robotic hand solution that does not need surgery, which goal is to act as a real human hand (Source: YouTube)

 

The Hannes functionality: a new robotic hand solution that does not need surgery, which goal is to act as a real human hand (Source: YouTube)

 

To realize the movements of a real human hand, the electrical signals coming from the nerves in the area near the wrist are sensed and processed by electronic circuitry which will drive the artificial hand to perfectly simulate the usage of the real hand that Hannes realized via the IIT (acronym of Italian Institute of Technology) (see Figure 2)

Figure 2

Electronics technology is the basis of the new robotic hand Hannes made via the IIT (Source: YouTube)

 

Electronics technology is the basis of the new robotic hand Hannes made via the IIT (Source: YouTube)

 

The effectiveness of this type of solution is deeply related to the capabilities and reliability of the electronic components inside of it (see Figure 3):

Figure 3

The electronic circuitry is the central core of bidirectional control with electronic signals sent to nerves acting as stimuli to drive the robotic prosthesis as a real human hand (Source: YouTube)

 

The electronic circuitry is the central core of bidirectional control with electronic signals sent to nerves acting as stimuli to drive the robotic prosthesis as a real human hand (Source: YouTube)

 

This artificial hand is part of a bigger project to effectively help impaired patients by means of new robotics innovative solutions (see Figure 4): “The solutions developed so far include a poly-articulated hand prosthesis (Hannes ), a motorized exoskeleton for the walking of paraplegic subjects (Twin ) and a robotic rehabilitation platform for the lower limbs and the trunk ( Hunova ). In addition, we are working on the completion of several other products, including projects on prostheses for both lower and upper extremities, and upper-limb robotic rehabilitation systems. Through these collaborations, INAIL and IIT have consolidated their commitment to solving issues relating to physical disability, and have promoted “Made in Italy ” technologies, with a high social impact, on to the national and international market, at a competitive cost.” (Source: iit)

Do you believe in the potential of this advanced deployment of electronics technology applied to robotics for helping impaired people to recover a normal life style? Do you think it will be an effective solution?

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