Shadow Hand-Lite

Shadow Hand-Lite

Hand-Lite – almost all the capability of a Dexterous Hand in a smaller, lighter, cheaper package.


The Shadow Hand Lite keeps the human-like kinematics of its big brother, but removes the little finger and wrist. The size and shape is otherwise the same as a normal male human hand, down to finger lengths and tip positions.


  • 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
  • Compact:
    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
  • ROS:
    Fully supported in ROS – The Robot Operating System (
  • Sensors:
    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®)
  • Integration:
    The lighter Hand Lite can be integrated on  a wider variety of robot arms. Mounting plates for attachment are included.
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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.