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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Super strong gloves designed by GM and NASA

Has recently been developed a glove that is designed specifically for astronauts, in order to perform mechanical repairs without having to suffer muscle fatigue when it arrives on Earth. The technology is called RoboGlove originally developed by NASA and General Motors in 2012, now GM’s working with a Swedish medical technology company named Bioservo Technologies.
RoboGlove, the super strong glove designed by NASA and GM. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1dLUCA)
The glove is using actuators and artificial tendons to mimic the human's hand muscles, and is an example of "soft exoskeleton" technology, or a lightweight device that can improve the strength and durability of the user. 

And as quoted of Wired, the super glove was strong enough to lift up to 40 pounds and dexterous enough to tap out texts on the smartphone.

Bioservo Technologies will combine RoboGlove with their grip technology, named SEM (Soft Extra Muscle). GM said that they intend to try these products at factories in the US, where it will provide additional grip strength for the factory workers.
RoboGlove will turn workers into cyborgs. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1dLUCA)
The role of NASA in the development of this glove itself is intended to assist the Robonaut 2 in repairing the International Space Station (ISS). Glove is also inspired by the robot, but combined with the flexibility of a human hand.

Pressure sensors in the glove will detect when the user is holding an object, then trigger a synthetic tendon to reinforce the strength of the grip of the user. With the presence of RoboGlove could lend a robot's hand to help the heavy work.
In the development of this glove is not the first, it turned out that other companies, including Hyundai, BMW, and Panasonic has also developed the exoskeleton prototypes with varying complexity to help the manufacturing workers.. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | WIRED]
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