Prosthetic devices can make life easier for many folks. But they are not always cheap. Team Open Bionics is planning to develop a 3D-printed prosthetic with features of a high-end device. They are using an Intel Edison board to control motors of the robotic hand and do some processing of input signals. The hand has tendons and a rubber surface. Its actuators pull the tendons that make the fingers move.
Making affordable robotic hands can be a life changer for many folks. We can’t wait to see how this turns out. In the meantime, the team will present their prototype for the Intel Make It Wearable Challenge Finale on November 3, 2014 in San Francisco.