Utilizing tactile feedback for biomimetic grasping control in upper limb prostheses

Luke Osborn, Nitish V. Thakor, Rahul Kaliki

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A biomimetic system for enhancing the control and reliability of grasping with prosthetic hands was designed and experimentally evaluated. Barometric pressure sensors as well as a force-sensitive resistor (FSR) were placed on a prosthetic hand to provide valuable tactile feedback. Contact and slip detection grip control algorithms were developed to interpret force signals for enhancing stable grasping. Recent advances in radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology enable the amputee to select between grip control strategies based on the desired object to be grasped. Experimental results indicate that the control algorithms are capable of utilizing real-time force responses to detect object contact as well as slip. By allowing the user to act as a high-level controller with RFID technology, a multi-faceted low-level controller that responds to tactile feedback can be developed for enhancing grasping functionality in prosthetic hands.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIEEE SENSORS 2013 - Proceedings
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Print)9781467346405
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
Event12th IEEE SENSORS 2013 Conference - Baltimore, MD, United States
Duration: Nov 4 2013Nov 6 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of IEEE Sensors


Other12th IEEE SENSORS 2013 Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBaltimore, MD

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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