Development and Testing of Hand Exoskeletons

  • Matteo Bianchi

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Matteo Bianchi
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  3. Matteo Bianchi
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  4. Matteo Bianchi
    Pages 25-45
  5. Matteo Bianchi
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  6. Matteo Bianchi
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 101-107

About this book


This book describes the development of portable, wearable, and highly customizable hand exoskeletons to aid patients suffering from hand disabilities. It presents an original approach for the design of human hand motion assistance devices that relies on (i) an optimization-based kinematic scaling procedure, which guarantees a significant adaptability to the user’s hands motion, and (ii) a topology optimization-based design methodology, which allowed the design of a lightweight, comfortable device with a high level of performance. The book covers the whole process of hand exoskeleton development, from establishing a new design strategy,to the construction and testing of hand exoskeleton prototypes, using additive manufacturing techniques. As such, it offers timely information to both researchers and engineers developing human motion assistance systems, especially wearable ones.


Aluminum Hand Exoskeleton Mechanism Optimization Topology Optimization Optimization-based Scaling Procedure Portable Hand Exoskeletons Hand Motion Models Motion Analysis of Hand Exoskeletons Patient-centred Design Kineto-static Analysis Force and Torque on Joints Actuation System Design Back Frame Design Design of Joints

Authors and affiliations

  • Matteo Bianchi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Industrial Engineering of Florence (DIEF)University of FlorenceFlorenceItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-37684-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-37685-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series Online ISSN 2190-5061
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