RoboGlove Powers up GM Factory Workers


Need a little help around the house? Perhaps this might help.

A few years back, GM and NASA teamed up to make a real power glove. It went to the International Space Station, where astronauts used the force-multiplying fashion statement to take on mechanical repairs without getting so tired and to control the Robotnaut 2 space helper.


Now, it’s coming back to Earth.GM says Bioservo Technologies AB, a Swedish medical technology company, has licensed the tech. We don’t know exactly what they’ll do with it yet, as the medical possibilities are vast. But the initial plan is to build a new “grasp assist device” for factory works to ease the strain of gripping tools all the time. Also, GM says it plans to test the robot glove with workers in some of its plants.


The RoboGlove, which has a belt-mounted battery for power, uses sensors to know when its wearer is grasping a tool or other object. It then kicks in synthetic tendons made to work like the real muscles and tissues of the human hand, reducing the amount of strength the person must use to wield and move the tool. Read more at Popular Mechanics.