October 05, 2011

Grasping the possibilities of using robotic hands

Posted: Oct 05, 2011 | 3 min 18 sec

Veronica J. Santos wants to give the world some helping hands – specifically, robotic hands.

The Biomechatronics Lab she directs at Arizona State University is working on designs of robotic appendages to assist people with physical disabilities or injuries. Such technology might also be adapted to perform tasks in disaster areas or other places where human safety and health would be at risk.

She foresees roles for robotic hands in our homes, in hospitals and even museums.

Making robotic devices with such varied capabilities requires a number of technological achievements. Engineers must develop more fully integrated human-machine systems that give users neuromuscular control of robotic hands.

That will involve enabling artificial hands to match humans’ delicate sense of touch and the ability to calculate the various degrees of force and pressure necessary to carefully grasp objects of different sizes, shapes, weight and materials.

Santos is an assistant professor in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, one of ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Read more about her Biomechatronics Lab.

Video by Keith Jennings. Editing by Dylan Abrams.

Video Archive

a-lower-cost-university-education.gif
Aug 07, 2009 | 20 min 33 sec
20090721_cronkitemoon.jpg
Jul 21, 2009 | 11 min 57 sec
20090721_cronkitekaet.jpg
Jul 21, 2009 | 10 min 59 sec
20090331_crow_obama.jpg
Apr 06, 2009 | 47 sec
20090331_crow.jpg
Apr 02, 2009 | 24 min 5 sec
KAET_Video_Smith.jpg
Feb 23, 2009 | 2 min 05 sec
iPads in the classroom
Apr 13, 2011 | 6 min 50 sec
ASU Brain Fair for Children 2011
Apr 04, 2011 | 1 min 53 sec
Apr 01, 2011 | 20 sec
Circumnavigating the globe in a jazzy style
Mar 31, 2011 | 2 min 54 sec
Actor reprises role for 'Fiddler on the Roof'
Mar 30, 2011 | 3 min 08 sec
Could cancer be our oldest ancestor?
Mar 30, 2011 | 8 min 36 sec
Klett-self-portrait.jpg
Jan 08, 2009 | 2 min 08 sec
Jay_Golden_01.jpg
Jan 07, 2009 | 2 min 30 sec
Schwartz.Anna.jpg
Jan 06, 2009 | 2 min 04 sec
MARSHALL.jpg
Jan 04, 2009 | 2 min 04 sec
KAET_Video_Denhardt.jpg
Jan 01, 2009 | 1 min 57 sec
20081210_sankey.jpg
Dec 23, 2008 | 2 min 44 sec