Typical robots are not fit to work directly with humans. Motion is rigid, exact, and unforgiving in the event of a collision. This research and design project explores the ability to make robotic joints passively compliant. In particular, the study and design focuses on creation of a compliant and safe robotic model of the human hand, one of the most important but complex parts of the human body.
2010 marks the first year for the biomechanical compliant robotic hand senior design project. The team consists of Robert P. Collins, Brian McLaughlin, Jerod Hayes, and Isaac Osborne. They primarily do their research and design in the ReNeu Robotics Laboratory under the guidance of Dr. Ashish Deshpande. The team is excited about the opportunity to create a three-fingered hand that has the ability to manipulate objects.