Design of a prosthetic robotic hand.

Faculty Advisor

Cobb, Eben C.


The goal of this project was to design and build a robotic hand that simulates the human hand in as many ways possible. Previous simulated hands were researched and this project will focused [sic] on solving problems that previous designs have, such as the heavy weight and expensive cost of myoelectric hands. Additional research was done on the actual human hand and how it functions. A prototype of the robotic hand was created and tested for the goals that were outlined. The prototype satisfied most of the goals, such as weight and cost. The performance of the hand for reproducing the grasps made by humans was acceptable, but more work could be done to improve the design.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2004


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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