Introduction: Cheap Arduino Based Robotic Claw Prostetic Hand

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This project came to mind after being informed Medicare wouldn't pay for a hand, only the hook. so i decided to try to make a robotic hand.The total partscost is well under $100.



arduino uno

proto board w/ potentiometer

battery plug

Step 1: Program the Arduino

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Download the Arduino IDE, then download the arduino servo knob sketch. i had to adjust the map values from 0,179 to 5,165. you may lose a few degrees of range, but the servo will last a lot longer not trying to grind past the stops.

Step 2: Wiring

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Wire the servo, arduino, and pot according to the wiring diagram

Step 3: Soldering

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Connect the pot and wires to the proto board, according to the diagram. When your sure everything is connected properly, begin to solder. I didnd't solder my servo connector yet, but know is the time if you plan on not taking it apart. I just used an old piece of board I recycled.

Step 4: Mount the Servo

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Mount the servo in the claw. This part can be a bit tricky. one bolt for mounting the servo is to long and needs trimmed, I used a dremel. If there are any problems I will post a video if there are any problems.

Step 5: Final Hook Up

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Now attach the Arduino and claw to your arm base. This part is up to you since EVERY PROSTHETIC IS DIFFERENT!

edit. I finally got a bracket made with some scrap metal and a few bolts and nuts. The metal came from an old vcr.


Kweek (author)2014-10-20

Super cool.

You and this lady need to work together. Mind controlled prosthetic??? Yes? Mwah ha ha ha!

acheide (author)2014-10-07

Very nice!

Kiteman (author)2014-10-07

Wow, that's impressive!

How do you control the claw opening & closing? Do you twitch muscles or what?

tankapotamus (author)Kiteman2014-10-07

Kiteman (author)tankapotamus2014-10-07

OK, thanks.

seamster (author)2014-10-07

Nicely done! Thanks for sharing this. Very interesting project!

tankapotamus (author)2014-10-07

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Bio: lost my arm at 18, now I'm hacking stuff for disabled people (or animals)
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