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Jessica Lauren Banks
04-04-2001, 03:16 PM
Hello,

I am working on building an anthropomorphic robotic finger with tactile
sensors. I have been doing research on the mechanics of the hand and am
trying to find out what muscles/tendons are considered the primary flexors
of the metacarpo-phalangeal joint (specifically for the index finger). I
have read some conflicting arguments and others tend to regard the subject
a bit vaguely.
I know there is alot of redundancy involved, but I wanted
to describe my robot in terms of human musculature. Only one of its
actuators controls the flexion and extension of the artificial MCP
through
bidirectional cables. Therefore, I really only want to designate one
muscle for the flexion. I have compared the cable for extension to the
extensor communis digitorum.

Thank you.

Jessica Lauren Banks
MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
617.253.7471 (v) 617.253.0039 (f)
e: jessical@ai.mit.edu
http://www.ai.mit.edu/people/jessical

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