Grip pressure measurements during activities of daily life

Joe Sanford, Carolyn Young, Dan Popa, Nicoleta Bugnariu, Rita Patterson

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Research has expanded human-machine communication methods past direct programming and standard hand- held joystick control. Individual force sensors have been used as a simple means of providing environmental information to a robot and research has shown that more advanced sensitive skins can be viable input devices. These touch sensitive surfaces allow for additional modes of interaction between machines in open, undefined environments. These interactions include object detection for navigation and safety but can also be used for recognition of users command gestures by their machine partner. Key to successful implementation of these gestures is the understanding of varied strategies used for communication and interaction and the development of performance limits. Data of dominant hand grip forces was collected using a Tekscan Grip VersaTek Pressure Measurement System during opening of a door. Analysis of data from 10 male and female subjects is presented. The results of qualitative and quantitative analysis of these data show variability in hand configurations between users. Average data over the cohort is reported. These data will be used in future work to provide human metrology constraints and limits for use in simulation and design of new, physical human-robot interaction systems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNext-Generation Robots and Systems
ISBN (Print)9781628410532
StatePublished - 2014
EventNext-Generation Robots and Systems - Baltimore, MD, United States
Duration: 8 May 20148 May 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


OtherNext-Generation Robots and Systems
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBaltimore, MD


  • Hand Biomechanics
  • Human Machine Interface
  • Physical Human Robot Interaction
  • Pressure Sensitive Robot Skin


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