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Mechanical design and performance specifications of anthropomorphic prosthetic hands: A review

Joseph T. Belter, MS, BS, et al.

This article discusses the mechanical design characteristics of anthropomorphic prosthetic hands. The mechanical design of the hand determines the functions (grasping, pushing, pointing, etc) the hand can perform and therefore the ability the user will gain. The many tradeoffs when engineering a complex, multifunctional electromechanical device are discussed. Hopefully, engineers, prosthetists, and users of prosthetic limbs will gain insight from this article. The likely benefits of this work include a broader understanding of the mechanical design of prosthetic hands, a resource to use when making rehabilitation decisions, and a review of the current state-of-the-art anthropomorphic prosthetic hands.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2011.10.0188

Volume 50 Number 5, 2013
   Pages 599 — 618


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Belter JT, Segil JL, Dollar AM, Weir RF. Mechanical design and performance specifications of anthropomorphic prosthetic hands: A review. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2013;50(5):599–618.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2011.10.0188
*A portion of this article was published as Belter JT, Dollar AM. Performance characteristics of anthropomorphic prosthetic hands. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics; 2011 Jun 29–Jul 1; Zurich, Switzerland. p. 921–27.
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