A survey of multi-fingered robot hands: issues and grasping achievements
Al-Gallaf, E. A., Allen, A. and Warwick, K. (1993) A survey of multi-fingered robot hands: issues and grasping achievements. Mechatronics, 3 (4). pp. 465-491. ISSN 0957-4158
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To link to this article DOI: 10.1016/0957-4158(93)90018-W
Recently a substantial amount of research has been done in the field of dextrous manipulation and hand manoeuvres. The main concern has been how to control robot hands so that they can execute manipulation tasks with the same dexterity and intuition as human hands. This paper surveys multi-fingered robot hand research and development topics which include robot hand design, object force distribution and control, grip transform, grasp stability and its synthesis, grasp stiffness and compliance motion and robot arm-hand coordination. Three main topics are presented in this article. The first is an introduction to the subject. The second concentrates on examples of mechanical manipulators used in research and the methods employed to control them. The third presents work which has been done on the field of object manipulation.