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Pain-Relieving Robotic Gloves

NASA Created a Useful Tool Glove That Reduces Stress on Workers

— July 11, 2016 — Tech
The 'RoboGlove' is a tool glove developed by NASA that recreates the movements of a human hand in order to stimulate higher levels of dexterity.

The robotic gloves work by decreasing stress on the hand, allowing its wearers to complete tasks more efficiently and with less damage to their bodies. A battery pack that comes along with the gloves holds actuators and micro-controllers, as well as power.

The tool gloves were created in collaboration with General Motors, with both companies working over the years to develop the RoboGlove. Kurt Wiese, the vice president of GM global manufacturing engineering explained that "The successor to RoboGlove can reduce the amount of force that a worker needs to exert when operating a tool for an extended time or with repetitive motions."

Photo Credits: designboom, nasa.gov
Trend Themes
1. Robotic Gloves for Ergonomic Efficiency - The RoboGlove demonstrates an opportunity for robotic gloves to reduce ergonomic stress on workers in various industries.
2. Collaborative Innovations in Manufacturing and Robotics - The collaboration between NASA and General Motors showcases an opportunity for cross-industry innovations in manufacturing and robotics.
3. Human Movement Replication in Robotics - RoboGlove represents an opportunity to use biomimicry and replicate human movements in robotics for various applications.
Industry Implications
1. Manufacturing - RoboGlove has the potential to disrupt various manufacturing industries by reducing ergonomic stress on workers and improving efficiency.
2. Healthcare - The RoboGlove technology can be applied to healthcare, providing a solution for performing tasks that require high levels of dexterity without causing physical strain.
3. Construction - The use of robotic technology such as the RoboGlove can revolutionize the construction industry by reducing physical strain and improving safety for workers.
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