1. The The Shadow project (London, England) has a really super hand.
Their hand has 21 DOF. Each finger has 4 DOF and the thumb has 5 DOF.
Their hand is even for sale, but its quite expensive at 90,000 Euros ( = $119,700) There
lot of nice videos here.
Shadow dexterous hand
|2. A small French company called Techno Concept is now offering an
android hand. You may contact
Gilles Lopez for information about it. The hands are custom made with 3, 4, or 5 fingers.
You also have a choice of materials. The cost is about 2,500 Euros ( = $3325).
|3. Dainichi Company, Ltd. Kani, Japan
is also offering a complete hand. Their hand
has 20 joints and 16 DOF. The thumb has 4 DOF, while the rest have 3 DOF
each. The weight is 1.4 Kg. This hand is quite
expensive also: One hand (hardware only) is 3,866,000 yen ( = $36,900) while the software is 1,520,000 yen ( = $14,500) or
a total of 5,386,000 yen ( = $51,400).
|4. Dr. Paul Chappell of the University of Southampton has produced a fully functional hand which isintended to be used as a
prosthetic hand. It si called the
Southampton Remedi-Hand. It has
6 DOF, one for each finger and 2 for the thumb.
Another article is here.
New article is here 9/1/7
|5. NASA's space android is called Robonaut.
This is a project at Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX which is
under the direction of Robert Savely. It has been underway for
several years. They have a staff of about 25. Robonaut's hands have
14 DOF each. I wonder how much it cost? $1,000,000? $2,000,000?
|6. Juliano Iuscu is a first year student in Melbourne, Australia. He has build a very nice hand. You can
contact Juliano here.
He now has a website here.
|7. Andreas Maryanto of Surabaya, Indonesia sent me an email about his humanoid hand project. He has lots of good
pictures of it on his website here. His hand has 11 DOF - 2 for each fingerand one
extra for the thumb. He uses servo motors to operate the fingers.Andreas is a grad student at the University of Surabaya.
Great job Andreas.
|8. Faulhaber Group has a really sophisticated hand. Robotic hands for more delicate
tasks have proven unsuccessful due to the lack of available technical capabilities. Positive interaction of microelectronics and micromechanics
has now produced the much sought-after break through.
Faulhaber Group Hand.
|9. Festus Abayomi sent me an email with pictures of a hand which he is working on. You can email Festus here:
|10. Squse, a Kyoto based robot and factory automation manufacturer, said it has developed a 400-gram (14 ounce)
hand with five human-sized fingers with artificial fibers that can be controlled by air pressure.
Pneumatically operated hand from Squse.
Touch Bionics, a Scotland firm that
the i-LIMB Hand, a prosthesis with five individually
powered fingers, has announced the availability of the
device. The company, an Edinburgh medical device
developer, is also making ProDigits partial hand
prostheses, based on similar technology.
There is a video
here. The new-found freedom the device
provides is not cheap, though. The I-Limb Hand costs
approximately $18,000, or two times the cost of normal
prosthetics. A gentleman recently
emailed me that the $18,000 is only part of the cost. When
the fittings and customization are included the cost is
$40,000 or more.
|12. DEKA Research and Development of Manchester
(UK) has built a robotic arm which can be used as a prosthetic arm by those who have lost their own due to accident or war.
Here is a good article about it. Unfortunately it costs about $100,000 = 80,000 Euros
House is offering a
of hands for just $600. They look pretty
14. Robotic Hand/arm by David Ng
13 DOF Hand/Arm - $5500
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