Based on inspiration of human grasping activities, a new idea is developed in this paper that grasping forces in a multifingered robotic hand can be regulated and controlled through its compliance by actively coordinating small joint motions in its fingers. According to this idea, a grasping force control model is formulated by means of a compliance model developed by the authors before, and a novel theory is then developed for grasping force control in a multifingered robot hand. The developed theory is expected to lead to a new force control method which could serve as a promising alternative for the active stiffness method. As an application of the developed theory, a two-fingered planar robotic hand is also analyzed, and the simulation results verify the developed theory.

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