Introduction: Arduino Animatronic Hand Mark 1

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This is an animatronic hand I built. The fingers, the palm and the forearm are entirely made of wood (poplar to be exact). The fingers are articulated by tendons (fishing line) pulled by motors. Right now, the 5 servo motors are controlled with an Arduino UNO. This protoype can perform a good amount of different "grips" and take or pinch pretty much everything. The hand as an amazing amount of strength even if the parts are made out of wood. Overall, it's a very compact and strong hand and I'm really happy with the results.

Feel free to ask questions about it ! I'm not really into writing hundreds of lines of documentation about what I make, so go ahead !

Thank you for your interest and keep on rockin' !


CesarA15 (author)2017-09-19

Wow that's awesome! You definitely have a gift.! I made mine out of wood a long time ago but it didn't work and I had to study on how the hand the human hand really works 15 years in the making for me I love building stuff out of absolutely nothing. Here's a picture of my I don't know if I can send video but it works really well now but not finish yet opens and closes like a real hand but still in the works and just a tip if you don't know already it's all about webbing and pulleys amazing!

KenKen321 (author)2017-03-12

wow can you teach me how to rock BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!

ShaidaB (author)2016-11-26

May I get any instructions on how to construct the hand out of wood, dimensions would help too? I think you did a great job on this project. Bravo!

kaywond (author)2016-07-14

Fantastic! I have to make one in raw C code. Does the hand anble to have the fingers in tension. I mean extended by itself. Was it rubber bands you are using to keep the fingers straight after they have been flexed?

Aryan10dadwal10 (author)2016-06-23

Can you please send me the codes ? My email is

naveed8695 (author)2016-01-30

hey, can i get the dimensions of the wooden hand and the schematics of mark-1 wooden hand. it will be of much help for my final year project.

JoshuaS79 (author)2015-11-08

Hello, I was wonder if I could get the code to make my own hand please. I am working on it, I let you my email:


firazpeerjade (author)2015-11-02

thanks a lot...

AndrewM69 (author)2015-10-29

I like the way you are actuating your arm .I am working on a similar project like yours . i wonder if i can get the schematics and code for your hand . Are those thimblesense on the finger tips ? Here is my email

MX26 (author)2015-10-25


I was wonder if I could get the code to make my hand machine work. I am working on my final project for my art class and I need this code to make my hand work. Am a student at sjsu please help me out

-Mikey X

MX26 (author)MX262015-10-25

ps my email it

if you what to share the code thank you

GornF (author)2015-05-23

I'd love to make a little more rugged one using some metal contact me please

vivienne.nikz (author)2015-04-22

Hi for an engineering project this would be amazing to try out please could you send me the code and schematics to

It would really really help out ^^ Thank you in advanced your project is really awesome!

BOY RANDOM (author)2015-03-31

What servos are u using?

NicolásB1 (author)2014-11-04

Hi i really like this project, i was wondering if you can send me the schematics of the hand and the source code to my email:, thanks in advance!

lorenzomoon (author)2014-08-31

Hy! Can you please send me the code and the schematic? ( Thx a lot...bye!!

edwardray1 (author)2014-08-30

My Daughter & I are going to attempt this project, can you please email the source code and schematic info to Thank you!

vinay s (author)2014-04-19

Please send me source code and circuit to this e mail id

vinay s (author)2014-04-19

Please send me source code and circuit to this e mail id

TraciAG (author)2014-03-31

Wow, this looks fun! Can't wait to build it. You have a great imagination, I don't thing I've ever used a servo for something like this before :)

T29515 (author)2014-03-12

Hi, very nice project! Can you maybe send me the code you where using.

Thank you from the Netherlands!

Miquette (author)2014-01-19

Hi, it looks amazing. Can please send me the schematics and possibly code of the project. I am also working on a similar project for university.

My e-mail is:

Thank you in advance

Miquette Mienie

Student @ NWU

BIGDOG1971 (author)2013-10-20

This is an amazing project. Congratulations.
Could you give us a tutorial to how to build and parts.

emilmash (author)2013-09-16

Hi, it looks amazing. Can you send me the code and the schematics of it. I'll be very greatful . My e-mail is:

Thank you in advance and keep on rollin' !

nerd7473 (author)2013-09-04

I had thought of a robotic hand that used arduino it was way advanced, even for me for make

nerd7473 (author)nerd74732013-09-04

typo to after me

jimbbq (author)2013-09-03

love it! elegant solution using rubber bands to move the fingers back to their original position!

incognito0288 (author)2013-08-16

very cool! I would like to see a 3d printed version

zulus7 (author)2013-08-15

Please, please Tutorial!

TheSteamer71 (author)2013-08-11

Thanks for the interest everybody ! I will make a video as soon as I have time ... Keep on rockin' ! :D

Picturerazzi (author)2013-08-11

How do we know you created this without a tutorial? :/

What do you mean ?

shaddoty (author)2013-08-09

neoseren1 (author)2013-08-09

Tutorial please

Jazzy13 (author)2013-08-09

This is awesome. When you make the demo video can you also make one on your other instructable, the robot arm?

stretch1800 (author)2013-08-08

Tutorial please. This is great.

tbeltrami (author)2013-08-08

Tutorial. Now.

dworley (author)2013-08-08

This is really rad and you should definitely explain the whole thing!

paulk2jonas (author)2013-08-08

Favorited, I'd like to see a tutorial video

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