The Italian Almanac

robotic hand

Robotic Hand

A robotic hand capable of being managed by human muscles will make its debut at an upcoming science fair in the northwestern Italian city of Genoa. The Pisa-IIT SoftHand was developed by the Enrico Piaggio research centre at the University of Pisa, which specializes in automation, bioengineering and robotics. Researchers at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Genoa contributed to the project.

Antonio Bicchi, coordinator of the robotics group at the Pisa centre, said that a single motor operates the robotic arm which is driven by human muscle movements. "The novelty is that this single motor can be controlled by the arm muscle not only in the execution of the movement but also in the intensity" of movements, said Bicchi.