Project

Bubble: Wearable assistive grasping augmentation based on soft inflatables

Bubble is a pneumatically actuated wearable system that enables people with hand
disabilities to use their own hands to grasp objects without fully bending their fingers. Bubble offers
a novel approach to grasping, where slim, ultra-lightweight silicone actuators are attached to the
fingers. When the user wishes to grasp an object, the silicone units inflate pneumatically to fill the
available space around the object. The inflatable units are interchangeable, can be independently
inflated, and can be positioned anywhere on the fingers and in any orientation, thereby enabling a wide variety of grasping gestures.

Bubble is a pneumatically actuated wearable system that enables people with hand
disabilities to use their own hands to grasp objects without fully bending their fingers. Bubble offers
a novel approach to grasping, where slim, ultra-lightweight silicone actuators are attached to the
fingers. When the user wishes to grasp an object, the silicone units inflate pneumatically to fill the
available space around the object. The inflatable units are interchangeable, can be independently
inflated, and can be positioned anywhere on the fingers and in any orientation, thereby enabling a wide variety of grasping gestures.

Research Topics
#human-computer interaction