Assembly Guide: Hybrid, Motorized Exoskeleton Glove

A project log for Wearable, Soft Robotic Exoskeleton Gloves

The New Dexterity / Open Bionics wearable, affordable, soft exogloves are bionic devices for rehabilitation and human augmentation.

Lucas GerezLucas Gerez 07/01/2020 at 23:440 Comments

The motorized exoskeleton glove consists of three different main parts:

Control Unit Preparation

In order to prepare the control unit you will require the following parts. The 3D printed parts are represented by the white parts. The wiring diagram for the electronics are described in the Build Instructions section of this project.

Robotic Glove Preparation

The preparation procedure of the robotic glove is similar to the soft glove of the body-powered exoskeleton glove (video below). The fabrication processes of the abduction chambers and the inflatable extra thumb are described in the Build Instructions section of this project. Once the 3D printed parts are stitched on the glove, the soft parts (abduction chambers, jamming structures and the inflatable extra thumb) can be glued (with superglue) on the glove in the positions showed in the picture below.

Smartphone Interface App Preparation

In order to control the motorized exoskeleton glove you need to follow the steps below:

  1. Upload the Arduino code to the OpenCM microcontroller (Available in the GitHub repository).
  2. Download the Arduino bluetooth controller app.
  3. Connect your phone to the Bluetooth module and set up the desired commands according to the Arduino code.