Sensors for robotic hands: A survey of state of the art

Artur Saudabayev, Huseyin Atakan Varol

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Recent decades have seen significant progress in the field of artificial hands. Most of the surveys, which try to capture the latest developments in this field, focused on actuation and control systems of these devices. In this paper, our goal is to provide a comprehensive survey of the sensors for artificial hands. In order to present the evolution of the field, we cover five year periods starting at the turn of the millennium. At each period, we present the robot hands with a focus on their sensor systems dividing them into categories, such as prosthetics, research devices, and industrial end-effectors. We also cover the sensors developed for robot hand usage in each era. Finally, the period between 2010 and 2015 introduces the reader to the state of the art and also hints to the future directions in the sensor development for artificial hands.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7283549
Pages (from-to)1765-1782
Number of pages18
JournalIEEE Access
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Artificial hands
  • industrial robotics
  • prosthetics
  • review
  • robot end effectors
  • robot sensing
  • robotic hands
  • sensors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • General Materials Science
  • General Engineering


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