General Motors and NASA said they jointly developed a robotic glove aimed to improve dexterity and to reduce fatigue.
The technological advancement in robotics is helping increasingly more people to overcome various disabilities. The automakers are also taking advantage of this progress by adopting the tech to boost efficiency among their factories. We recently learned that BMW plans to dress its workers into a backpack-style wearable exoskeletal designed to ease up the muscular strain on the upper body and arms, while Audi has also started to use some “chairless chairs,” a carbon-fiber construction that improves the posture and reduces fatigue on legs. General Motors confirms now that it is testing a robotic glove developed over nine years in partnership with NASA, a “Soft Extra Muscle” technology licensed out to the Swedish medical tech company Bioservo Technologies for further progress. The RoboGlove is a force-multiplying battery-powered wearable that uses sensors, actuators and tendons similar to the nerves, muscles and tendons in a human hand to provide extra gripping strength and to reduce fatigue.
Bioservo will make and sell the new glove for a variety of uses, including medical rehabilitation, while GM plans to be the first US manufacturing customer for the robotic glove, intending to further test it in some of its plants. The automaker said it briefly tried the RoboGlove in a preproduction facility before looking for a partner and identifying Bioservo as a suitable company who would help refine it to fit different size hands and address other issues.