Sensor Glove to Measure Movement and Physical Contact

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Proprioception is the sense of knowing the relative position of parts of the body and strength of effort being employed. There is no way of knowing exactly how fine motor movements of the hand are executed or how much weight is behind the physical contact of finger/appendage-tips on other bodies. There is need for a method of measuring proprioception in the hand accurately.

Researchers at Purdue University have developed a simple sensor glove to measure proprioception in the human hand. This system is intended to be applied for monitoring fine motor movements of the hand or a robotic gripper in addition to physical contact of finger/appendage-tips with other bodies. The structure of the glove consists of sensors on the finger tips and is not too bulky for the user. This sensor glove could be used for calibration of robotic grippers or to obtain more information about proprioception of the hand.

-Simple setup
-Not bulky

Potential Applications:
-Human hand
-Robotic gripper
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