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.