Stepping-stones to Transhumanism: An EMG-controlled Low-cost Prosthetic Hand for Academia

Karen Tatarian, Micael S. Couceiro, Eduardo P. Ribeiro, Diego R. Faria

Research output: Chapter in Book/Published conference outputConference publication


Over the past decades, humans have redesign themselves with the intent to evolve beyond their current physical and mental limitations. This phenomenon has been known as transhumanism, wherein robotics and biomimetics have been exploiting the unique designs of the human body with the intent to develop disruptive anthropomorphic artificial appendages. Nevertheless, while lower extremity prosthetics have evolved to the point at which lower leg amputees may be competitive with professional runners in the world, there is still a gap between upper extremity prosthetics and real hands. This work intends to be a pioneer into developing a low-cost multipurpose robotic hand for research and academia. This paper describes the robotic hand, including its electromechanical development and full ROS integration. Moreover, the paper also presents a MatLab framework designed to introduce sequence data classification, namely providing the ability to control the robotic hand using electromyography (EMG) signals from the forearm. This paper expects to contribute to an ever-increasing human-robot symbiosis by motivating students to engage in transhumanism studies using more sophisticated technologies and methods.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication9th International Conference on Intelligent Systems 2018
Subtitle of host publicationTheory, Research and Innovation in Applications, IS 2018 - Proceedings
EditorsJoao Martins, Vladimir Jotsov, Robert Bierwolf, Joao Pedro Mendonca, Ricardo Jardim-Goncalves, Maria Marques
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538670972
ISBN (Print)978-1-5386-7098-9
Publication statusPublished - 8 May 2019
Event9th International Conference on Intelligent Systems, IS 2018 - Funchal - Madeira, Portugal
Duration: 25 Sept 201827 Sept 2018

Publication series

Name2018 International Conference on Intelligent Systems (IS)
ISSN (Electronic)1541-1672


Conference9th International Conference on Intelligent Systems, IS 2018
CityFunchal - Madeira


  • EMG
  • Low-cost robotic hand
  • LSTM
  • MatLab
  • Myoelectric hand
  • Prosthetic hand
  • ROS
  • Transhumanism


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