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Shadow Dexterous Hand Lite

by Shadow


The new Shadow Hand Lite puts the full dexterity of the Shadow Hand design into a smaller, lighter, and cheaper package. By removing a finger and the wrist, and shrinking the forearm, Shadow’s engineers have produced a compact yet highly capable dexterous manipulator for the wider world. This new Hand has been developed to bring dexterity and manipulation to areas where five-fingered motion is not needed, but the flexibility and dexterity of the human hand is desired.


13 Degrees of Freedom across 16 Joints:

Independent control of each finger for high dexterity
3 Fingers: each with 3 Degrees of Freedom (DoF)
Thumb: 4 DoF
(No wrist or little finger)

Weight: 2.4 Kg, Payload 4 Kg.

10N force at the finger tips makes Hand-Lite able to handle a wide range of objects


Smaller and lighter than the Shadow Dexterous Hand – Fits a wider range of platforms

EtherCAT Communications:

100Mbps bus for fast data sampling and control loops


Fully supported in ROS – The Robot Operating System


16 joint position sensors, 26 tendon strain gauges, 13 motor current and temperature sensors: plenty of sensor data for multiple configurations and experiments.

Tactile Sensing:

Fingertip single channel analog response sensors included as standard. Hand Lite can be upgraded with a number of other tactile sensor options (e.g. Syntouch’s BioTac®)


The lighter Hand Lite can be integrated on  a wider variety of robot arms. Mounting plates for attachment are included.


Shadow Dexterous Hand Lite