Manipulation Capabilities with Simple Hands

  • Alberto RodriguezEmail author
  • Matthew T. Mason
  • Siddhartha S. Srinivasa
Part of the Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics book series (STAR, volume 79)


A simple hand is a robotic gripper that trades off generality in function for practicality in design and control. The long-term goal of our work is to explore that tradeoff and demonstrate broad manipulation capabilities with simple hands. This paper describes two prototype simple hands. Both hands have thin cylindrical fingers arranged symmetrically around a low friction circular palm. The fingers are compliantly coupled to a single actuator. Our experiments with both hands in a bin-picking scenario demonstrate that we can achieve robust grasp classification and in-hand localization using simple statistical techniques. We further show how the classification accuracy increases as the grasp proceeds by exploiting information obtained online. We finally evaluate the relative importance of observing the full state of the hand rather than just observing the state of the actuators.


Robotic Hand Robot Operating System Grasp Stability Grasp Motion Simple Hand 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alberto Rodriguez
    • 1
    Email author
  • Matthew T. Mason
    • 1
  • Siddhartha S. Srinivasa
    • 2
  1. 1.Carnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Intel ResearchPittsburghUSA

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