Miniature soft hand with curling rubber pneumatic actuators

@article{Wakimoto2009MiniatureSH,
  title={Miniature soft hand with curling rubber pneumatic actuators},
  author={Shuichi Wakimoto and Keiko Ogura and Koichi Suzumori and Yasutaka Nishioka},
  journal={2009 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation},
  year={2009},
  pages={556-561}
}
In medical and biotechnology fields, soft devices are required because of their high safety from low mechanical impedance. FMA (Flexible Microactuator) is one of the typical soft actuators. It consists of fiber-reinforced rubber structure with multi air chambers and realizes bending motion pneumatically. It has been applied to robot hands, robot legs and so on. High potential of FMA has been confirmed by many experiments reported in several papers. However in fabrication process of the actuator… CONTINUE READING
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