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.
Volume 50 Number 5, 2013
Pages 599 — 618
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