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Innovative Hand Exoskeleton Design for Extravehicular Activities in Space

  • Pierluigi Freni
  • Eleonora Marina Botta
  • Luca Randazzo
  • Paolo Ariano

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology book series (BRIEFSAPPLSCIENCES)

Also part of the PoliMI SpringerBriefs book sub series (BRIEFSPOLIMI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Pierluigi Freni, Eleonora Marina Botta, Luca Randazzo, Paolo Ariano
    Pages 1-2
  3. Pierluigi Freni, Eleonora Marina Botta, Luca Randazzo, Paolo Ariano
    Pages 3-16
  4. Pierluigi Freni, Eleonora Marina Botta, Luca Randazzo, Paolo Ariano
    Pages 17-29
  5. Pierluigi Freni, Eleonora Marina Botta, Luca Randazzo, Paolo Ariano
    Pages 31-61
  6. Pierluigi Freni, Eleonora Marina Botta, Luca Randazzo, Paolo Ariano
    Pages 63-84
  7. Pierluigi Freni, Eleonora Marina Botta, Luca Randazzo, Paolo Ariano
    Pages 85-89

About this book

Introduction

Environmental conditions and pressurized spacesuits expose astronauts to problems of fatigue during lengthy extravehicular activities, with adverse impacts especially on the dexterity, force and endurance of the hands and arms. A state-of-the-art exploration in the field of hand exoskeletons revealed that available products are unsuitable for space applications because of their bulkiness and mass. This book proposes a novel approach to the development of hand exoskeletons, based on an innovative soft robotics concept that relies on the exploitation of electroactive polymers operating as sensors and actuators, on a combination of electromyography and mechanomyography for detection of the user’s will and on neural networks for control. The result is a design that should enhance astronauts’ performance during extravehicular activities. In summary, the advantages of the described approach are a low-weight, high-flexibility exoskeleton that allows for dexterity and compliance with the user’s will.

Keywords

Combined EMG MMG Dielectric Elastomers Electroactive Polymers Extra-Vehicular Activities Hand Exoskeleton Smart Materials Soft Robotics

Authors and affiliations

  • Pierluigi Freni
    • 1
  • Eleonora Marina Botta
    • 2
  • Luca Randazzo
    • 3
  • Paolo Ariano
    • 4
  1. 1.Applied Science and TechnologyPolytechnic University of TurinTorinoItaly
  2. 2.Mechanical EngineeringMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  3. 3.Control and Computer EngineeringPolytechnic University of TurinTorinoItaly
  4. 4.Center for Space Human RoboticsItalian Institute of TechnologyTorinoItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-03958-9
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-03957-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-03958-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-530X
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-5318
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