Natural BionicS

Natural BionicS
ERC Synergy Grant 2019-2025

Natural Integration of Bionic Limbs via Spinal Interfacing

“Natural BionicS” is a project dealing with the development of the latest-generation bionic prostheses, combining robotics, software and surgery, in order to obtain “natural” limbs to be connected to the central nervous system. The new bionic prostheses will be connected to the spinal cord, allowing almost unlimited intuitive movement control and perception. The project will be carried out by three partners, with different expertise, Antonio Bicchi in IIT, Dario Farina at London Imperial College, and Oskar Aszmann at Medizinische Universitat in Vienna.

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SoftHandler

SoftHandler
ERC Proof of Concept Grant 2019-2020

Commercial feasibility of an integrated soft robotic system for industrial handling

Within the ""SoftHandler"" ERC Proof of Concept project, we propose to develop new industrial-grade systems, comprised of end-effectors based on the ""SoftHands"" technology, integrated with a novel manipulator, for automated picking and placing of objects of heterogeneous dimension, shape, weight, position and strength.

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SoftHand Pro-H

SoftHand Pro-H
ERC Proof of Concept Grant 2017-2018

A Soft Synergy-based Hand Prosthesis with Hybrid Control

In this project we want to apply the SoftHand robotic technology to develop a new generation of work-oriented prostheses. The working hypothesis is that the inspiration of SoftHands to human motor control principles is key in meeting hard requirements as high grip power, grasp versatility, resilience, resistance to water, dust, and temperature, durability, power autonomy and low cost, together with simplicity and intuitivity of the patient interface.

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SOFT HANDS

SOFT HANDS
ERC Advanced Grant 2012-2017

A Theory of Soft Synergies for a New Generation of Artificial Hands.

SoftHands studies the grasping and manipulation behaviours in humans to develop a new generation of artificial hands. To do this, we leverage on recent neuroscientific concepts regarding sensorimotor synergies and human motor control. The translation of such concepts in engineering uses new technologies, such as soft robotics, to build hands that move in a natural way and adapt to the environment, with an unprecedented level of performance, robustness, and intuitiveness of control. The new SoftHands have wide applications both in industrial and service robotics, and in prosthetics and rehabilitation.