The Company

Development of adaptable mechatronic systems able to interact with the environment

Prensilia is a company spun out from Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa in 2009, by researchers of the ARTS Lab (Advanced Robotics and Technology Laboratory), with long experience in research and development of innovative robotic and biomedical devices. Company associates have been involved in several national and international research projects in the field of robotics, hand prosthetics, and neuroscience allowing them to acquire and consolidate the key expertises of Prensilia. The know-how of Prensilia includes the following fields: advanced robotics and mechatronics, embedded control, micro-mechanical sensors, precision mechanics and ICT systems.

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna is a wordwide recognized University, being one of the pioneers and key actors for research on thought-controlled hands (see Discovery News Video) for the past 20 years. Such technology and know-how is now available to research institutes, commercialized and customized by Prensilia. Starting from Your requirements Prensilia designs, customizes and manufactures advanced robotic hands endowed with embedded actuation, sensory and control systems (see BBC video), with a rapid delivery and at competitive prices.


2009: Prensilia wins the Innovation section of the Vespucci Award with the project named: “e-grasp, trans-radial prosthesis”. The prize is held by the Tuscany regional Government, and awards the most brilliant and innovative entrepreneurship project based on innovative solutions not yet industrially exploited.

2011: Prensilia launches IH2 Azzurra hand, the first market available 5-axis, human-sized, anthropomorphic hand with actuation, sensory and control systems embedded in the palm, able to replicate real hand functions at humanlike speeds. IH2 Azzurra is the cheapest anthropomorphic robotic hand available for sale.

2012: IH2 Azzurra and EH1 Milano hands reach the world! Prensilia develops research hands for labs worldwide, in Europe, America, Asia and Oceania. 

2013: Prensilia is proud to announce the last upgrade for both IH2 Azzurra and EH1 Milano: new compliant fingertips enhancing grasp stability for smaller objects. The new hands are also featured on IEEE Spectrum.


The map below shows clients of Prensilia and collaborators that have used/are using our technology for research, also in collaboration with Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna. Contact us to get detailed reference names.


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