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Powered glove with electro-pneumatic actuation unit for the disabled
Author(s): Kosuke Kawakami; Shinichi Kumano; Shunji Moromugi; Takakazu Ishimatsu
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Paper Abstract

Authors have been developing a powered glove for people suffering from paralysis on their fingers to support their daily activity. Small air cylinders are used as actuators for this glove. Pneumatically-driven system has high advantages in case soft actuation is preferable. However, there are some problems to be solved in the pneumatically-driven system if the system is supposed to be used in our daily life. Huge air compressor is needed and solenoid valves emit loud sound for example. These problems are hurdles to commercialize the powered glove. To solve these problems authors have developed a new actuation unit by integrating an electric cylinder and an air cylinder. This actuation unit has advantages of both the electric actuation and the pneumatic actuation. Its advanced grip control ability has demonstrated through several experiments. The experimental results are reported in this paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 January 2008
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 6794, ICMIT 2007: Mechatronics, MEMS, and Smart Materials, 67943H (9 January 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.783875
Show Author Affiliations
Kosuke Kawakami, Nagasaki Univ. (Japan)
Shinichi Kumano, Nagasaki Univ. (Japan)
Shunji Moromugi, Nagasaki Univ. (Japan)
Takakazu Ishimatsu, Nagasaki Univ. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6794:
ICMIT 2007: Mechatronics, MEMS, and Smart Materials
Minoru Sasaki; Gisang Choi Sang; Zushu Li; Ryojun Ikeura; Hyungki Kim; Fangzheng Xue, Editor(s)

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