An experimental procedure that evaluates the quality of a grasp is developed. In this procedure human subjects grasp a rigid object that is subjected to an external load. Three formulations that capture the sense of grasping quality through the energy level stored in the gripper, maximum value of the applied finger forces, and through the distribution of the grasping forces are considered. The applied finger forces are measured and the quality values of the grasp based on these three different formulations are computed. These grasping quality values are compared with numerical human assessments, that are obtained via a psychophysical magnitude estimation method. We derive an augmented weighted functional that combines these three formulations, and show that it exhibits a high correlation with human quality assessment. Our results demonstrate that the most dominant mechanism that characterizes the quality of a rigid body grasp is the uniformity level of the contact forces.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Journal of Robotic Systems|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 1997|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Control and Systems Engineering