Faculty Advisor

Onal, Cagdas Denizel

Faculty Advisor

Popovic, Marko B.

Abstract

Orthotics have recently advanced with the combination of soft-robotics and hydraulics. Utilizing WPI’s own “Hydro Muscle” technology, this robotic brace aims to help patients with hand disabilities by providing fluid-powered exo-musculature assistance. Our goal was to perform specific gestures that provide a disabled patient with the force required to perform daily activities. Custom hydraulically-powered finger muscles were created and integrated into a thin glove, maintaining a lightweight and low-profile composition. This glove successfully manipulated all five fingers into three predetermined gestures, with adequate force to support activities of daily life.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

June 2018

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Physics

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