Robotic Hand with a High-Tech Transmission

Robotic hand and human hand, touching fingers

by Colton Poore ’20

The world of prosthetics is evolving every day. After one of Kevin O’Brien’s good friends—a combat rescue pilot—lost her leg, she was able to receive a prosthetic and had her wings back in only a year. Even 10 years ago, that sort of recovery time was hard, if not impossible, to imagine. Yet there is still a long way to go. O’Brien, a graduate student and Engineering Commercialization Fellow in the Robert Shepherd lab, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, at Cornell University, is working to expand the burgeoning field of soft robotics and to witness its practical applications in the world.

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