Wearable Assistive Grasping Augmentation Based on Soft Inflatables

In collaboration with:
Ali Shtarbanov / MIT Media Lab
Xinlei Zhang / Rekimoto Lab

2018 - Present, MIT

Bubble is a pneumatically actuated wearable device that enables people with hand disabilities 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 hand. When the user wishes to grasp an object, the inflatable 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 - thus enabling a variety of grasping gestures.


LBW2313: Bubble: Wearable Assistive Grasping Augmentation Based on Soft Inflatables Xinlei Zhang, Ali Shtarbanov, Jiani Zeng, Valerie K. Chen, V. Michael Bove, Pattie Maes, Jun Rekimoto CHI '19: ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Session: Poster Rotation 2 Abstract

See CHI poster here.

read chi paper here.



object-based media group


Glasgow, UK / MAY 4-9