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Comparative Study of Forces Involved in Different Styles of Handwriting

Gnanasambandam Kulothungan, Meyyappan Nachiappan, Mukund Suresh Kumar and Sharmilaa Rajasekaran
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,National University of Singapore, Singapore
Abstract—The project involves the usage of tactile sensors to study the forces applied on thumb, index and middle fingers for two different styles of handwriting - cursive and non-cursive. A comparative study is made based on the finger forces by quantitative analysis using MATLAB. The result of this paper shows the non-cursive style of writing requires forces below 7N whereas the cursive style takes forces more than 7N, which might vary from person to person. An intelligent classification technique, SVM (Support Vector Machine) has been used to classify the forces between the two styles of writing. The result can be applied in choosing the appropriate surface forces for a prosthetic hand.

Index Terms—forces on fingers, handwriting styles, comparative study, quantitative analysis, SVM based finger force analysis, prosthetic hand

Cite: Gnanasambandam Kulothungan, Meyyappan Nachiappan, Mukund Suresh Kumar, and Sharmilaa Rajasekaran, "Comparative Study of Forces Involved in Different Styles of Handwriting," Journal of Automation and Control Engineering, Vol.1, No.3, pp. 260-264, Sep. 2013. doi: 10.12720/joace.1.3.260-264
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