qb SoftHand Research
qb SoftHand Research is an anthropomorphic robotic hand that can grasp a wide range of objects with different shapes and textures. Designed as a versatile research platform, it is safe to operate around people, and simple to program even when performing complex manipulations.
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Did You Know?
The joints in the qb SoftHand can "self-heal": They'll dislocate if you bend them too much, but then they'll snap back in place.
In about a second, the qb SoftHand can go from wide open to a clenched fist.
A qb SoftHand was used by a participant in the Cybathlon, an international competition in which disabled individuals use prosthetics and other technologies to perform a variety of tasks.
The qb SoftHand once appeared in a TV commercial in Spain, handing a celery bunch to a chef.
The qb SoftHand is used by researchers and companies in more than 30 countries around the world.
- Safe for human-robot interaction. Able to grasp different objects without changes to the control action. Single-motor actuation. Plug-and-play and simple to control. Robust and modular, with "self-healing" joints. Supports Windows, Mac, and Linux and integration with several software packages.
- 21.6 cm | 8.5 in
- 19.1 cm | 7.5 in
- 5.6 cm | 2.2 in
- 0.5 kg | 1.1 lb
- N/A km/h | N/A mph
- Absolute magnetic rotary encoder
- DC brushed motor
- 24-V power supply
- ROS, C++ libraries, URCap, Matlab, Simulink. GUI for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
- DEGREES OF FREEDOM (DOF)
- ABS, fiberglass, aluminum
- €7,000 to 9,500 (depending on configuration)
qb robotics is an Italian company founded in 2011 as a spin-off of the University of Pisa – Research Center "E. Piaggio" and the Italian Institute of Technology. It develops robotic hands, grippers, handles, delta robots, and actuators primarily based on soft robotics technologies. The company's robots rely on design and control principles similar to those found in the muscular system of animals and humans. Headquartered in Pisa, qb robotics strives to build innovative robots that are both capable and safe when interacting with humans or operating near them. The company currently focuses on three main industrial sectors: service robotics; industrial robotics and automation; and biomedical and prosthetics.