Robo-Glove Project by NASA and GM image

Robonaut 2, the Human Grasp Assist device, also known as K-glove or Robo-Glove, is a robotic glove developed by General Motors and NASA.

The glove promises to make manual labor less intensive as well as reduce the risk of repetitive-stress injuries by cutting the amount of force needed to hold and use tools.

“An astronaut working in a pressurized suit outside the space station or an assembly operator in a factory might need to use 15-20 pounds of force to hold a tool during an operation” the teams say, “but with the robotic glove only five-to-10 pounds of force might need to be applied.”

The fingertips of the glove feature pressure sensors which track when the wearer is grasping a tool and trigger actuators threaded through the upper section, augmenting the user’s own action, with synthetic tendons clamping down until the sensors are released. The glove weighs around two pounds including control electronics, actuators, and a display for programming and diagnostics. It is powered by an off-the-shelf LiIon pack battery, mounted on a belt-clip battery with a belt-clip.