The assignee for this patent application is
Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "There are many tasks in the workplace today that are accomplished by human hands. Some tasks are very repetitive and cause carpal tunnel problems. Others take place in hazardous environments. Stilt others require extremely precise movements and are gradually becoming beyond the capability of humans. Prosthetic devices can be used to replace human hands in the above areas."
In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "The presently disclosed embodiments are directed to solving one or more of the problems presented in the prior art, as well as providing additional features that will become readily apparent by reference to the following detailed description when taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.
"In one variation, a robotic finger comprises a first axis of movement, a second axis of movement, and a third axis of movement. The first axis of movement may be facilitated by a moving magnet. The second axis of movement may be facilitated by a moving coil, and the second axis may generally be orthogonal to the first axis. The third axis of movement may be facilitated by a moving magnet and the third axis of movement may generally be oriented in the same direction as the first axis of movement.
"In another variation, a robotic finger comprises a distal elongate member, an intermediate elongate member, a proximal elongate member, and a plurality of actuators. The distal elongate member may comprise a distal tip and a proximal tip. The intermediate elongate member may comprise a proximal tip and a distal tip, and the proximal tip of the distal elongate member may be coupled to the distal tip of the intermediate elongate member. The proximal elongate member may comprise a distal tip, and the proximal tip of the intermediate elongate member may be coupled to the distal tip of the proximal elongate member. The plurality of actuators may move the distal elongate member in a first direction by a rotating moving magnet actuator, may move the distal elongate member in a second direction generally orthogonal to the first direction by a moving coil actuator, and move the intermediate elongate member in the first direction by a rotating moving magnet actuator.
"It is to be understood that both the foregoing general description and the following detailed description are exemplary and are merely intended to provide further explanation of the subject matter.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
"The features, nature and advantages of the present disclosure will become more apparent from the detailed description set forth below when taken in conjunction with the drawings in which like reference characters identify correspondingly throughout and wherein:
"FIG. 1 illustrates a bottom view of a robotic finger in accordance with one disclosed embodiment.
"FIG. 2 illustrates a top view of the robotic finger of FIG. 1.
"FIGS. 3A and 3B respectively illustrate perspective and side views of a robotic finger in accordance with another disclosed embodiment.
"FIGS. 4A-4C provide views of a brushless, moving coil motor capable of being utilized within the robotic finger of FIG. 3."
For more information, see this patent application: Neff, Edward A.; Vu, Toan M.;
Keywords for this news article include: Robotics, Machine Learning, Emerging Technologies,
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