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Initiatives

OpenRobotHardware

OpenRobotHardware is intended to serve as a resource for efforts focusing on open and open-source mechanical and electrical hardware, with a particular focus on projects that may be useful in robotics applications, robotics research and education.

This initiative will host open hardware designs, as well as a discussion of “best practices”, ensuring that content creators best facilitate the implementation of their work by others, through format standards and the creation of tutorials.

Prof. Aaron Dollar (Yale University) is the Founder / Coordinator of OpenRobotHardware, while I am the Co-Founder / Technical Coordinator. More details can be found at the following URL: www.openrobothardware.org

OpenBionics

OpenBionics is an open-source initiative for the development of affordable, light-weight, modular robot hands and prosthetic devices, that can be easily reproduced using rapid prototyping techniques and off-the-shelf materials.

The OpenBionics prosthetic hand design won the 2015 Robotdalen International Innovation award and the 2nd Prize (out of 900 projects) of the 2015 Hackaday Prize.

More information can be found at OpenBionics website: www.openbionics.org



HandCorpus

The HandCorpus is a new repository where everyone can freely share and search for different kinds of experimental data about human and robotic hands. The repository is currently supported by 7 European Research Council/European Commission-funded projects and has a growing community that consists of 22 international research groups from 18 universities and 4 research institutes, across the world.

The goal is not only to allow researchers to replicate results for benchmarking but also to reuse data from previous experiments. The HandCorpus provides an accurate and coherent record for citing datasets giving due credit to authors. Data sets are hierarchically indexed and can be easily retrieved using keywords and advanced search operations. A blog, a newsletter, a publication repository and applications for mobile platforms and social networks are also provided.

HandCorpus was created in collaboration with Matteo Bianchi and is available at: www.handcorpus.org