The Echo Glove


Title: The Echo Glove

Sponsor: FSCG

Background:  Many hazardous activities, or activities in hazardous locations, require the use of heavy gloves to protect the humans doing the work.  In many cases this protective equipment causes discomfort, hinders motion, obstructs vision, impedes access or impedes the work in some other way.  The need is for a glove that provides all the motion of a human hand while completely protecting the human hand from injury.  

The Project:  A novel approach to the problem is to create a high fidelity human hand that operates as a human hand, but is completely expendable.  This hand must mimic the motion of a human hand, provide a fine level of control, completely protect the human hand and be able to be used with minimal training.  Interesting options would be the ability to vary the size of the hand to facilitate access in tight locations or grip larger items.

Expected Disciplines:  Prime – Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Robotics, Computer Science

Academic Expectations:  Students will design the rover with their engineering process, providing, at a minimum, a Requirements Review, Preliminary Design Review, Critical Design Review and final product demonstration.  

Project Expectations: Teams are encouraged to focus on novel approaches to drive the movement of the Echo Hand as well as the human interface for providing control inputs.  Multiple hand designs exist in the open source community or through teaming opportunities, making the creation of a new hand design less important than the ability to provide fine control to an existing system.  A goal will be the ability to perform detailed oriented tasks while the user is wearing mittens.  

Nominal Team Size / Expected Hours:  4 to 6, working about 8 hours a week, for 2 semesters.  

Budget:  Teams should apply to FSI / FSGC for a project funding grant.  Projects costs are not expected to exceed $400. 

Expected SME Availability:  SMEs will be available for a weekly conference call.  Dr. Esther Beltran M.D, Ph.D, Deputy Director of REVEALS (Radiation Effects on Volatiles and Exploration of Asteroids and Lunar Surfaces) will be the primary SME for human integration.   Mike Conroy, FSI, is the backup SME. The primary communications mechanism is E-Mail. Data products, and a team forum, will be provided in GitHub.com

Important Dates: Institutional dates only

Travel Requirements: Little or None

Additional Information:  FSI / FSGC maintain a 3D printer (up to 260 C, office compatible media) for team use if necessary.

Technical Constraints:  None