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Hand Exoskeleton
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Head: Yoky Matsuoka
Contact: Yoky Matsuoka
Mailing address:
Carnegie Mellon University
Robotics Institute
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Associated lab(s) / group(s):
 Neurobotics Laboratory
The goal of this project is to design and construct a lightweight, comfortable orthotic device for the hand (exoskeleton) to be used by upper spinal cord patients suffering from a loss of precise control in the upper limbs and hands. The main mechanical focus is to provide three simple tasks: pinching, pointing and full hand grasping, through the direct manipulation of the users joints. The device is controlled by the users own muscle signals via the use of surface electromyography (EMG) sensors attached to the patients arm. The desirable end product is a small, compact system that could be carried along on the users wheelchair and easily applied and removed when the added dexterity is required. We have tested our prototype with a quadriplegic student and he was able to manipulate objects that were too large and heavy otherwise!

Several undergraduate students contribute to this project: Matt DiCicco (MechE) and Lenny Lucas (MechE).