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Mesofluidic controlled robotic or prosthetic finger

United States Patent

8,585,776
November 19, 2013
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A mesofluidic powered robotic and/or prosthetic finger joint includes a first finger section having at least one mesofluidic actuator in fluid communication with a first actuator, a second mesofluidic actuator in fluid communication with a second actuator and a second prosthetic finger section pivotally connected to the first finger section by a joint pivot, wherein the first actuator pivotally cooperates with the second finger to provide a first mechanical advantage relative to the joint point and wherein the second actuator pivotally cooperates with the second finger section to provide a second mechanical advantage relative to the joint point.
Lind; Randall F. (Loudon, TN), Jansen; John F. (Knoxville, TN), Love; Lonnie J. (Knoxville, TN)
UT-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
13/ 020,610
20120203358
February 3, 2011
GOVERNMENT INTEREST The inventions were made with government support under Prime Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the inventions.