Robo-Glove reduces astronauts and autoworkers repetitive stress injuries

Robo-Glove is a robotic wearable device developed by NASA and General Motors (GM) for minimizing the repetitive stress injuries of astronauts and autoworkers. Generally, when a person holds a tool for longer time, he may feel fatigue in his hand muscles. By wearing the Robo-Glove, the wearer will be capable of gripping the tool continuously and comfortably. This device was first designed for the hands of the Robonaut 2 (R2) humanoid space robot.

The first version of Robo-Glove was introduced on the March, 2011. After three months, there was an arrival of second version of this robotic glove. The weight of both these versions is 2.0 pounds. It is powered with the help of belt-mounted Li-Ion battery. It also has a small display for programming purposes.

As like Robonaut 2, each finger of Robo-Glove is equipped with actuators and pressure sensors at its upper parts. It also has sensors for detecting the grasping of an object. When the object to be grasped is found, the actuators automatically retract the synthetic tendons of the fingers in order to provide holding position and grip it until the release of sensor.

Currently, research work is on progress for developing the third version of Robo-Glove. It is expected to have even lighter weight, longer and comfortable grasping capability than the previous two versions. Moreover, this new prototype will provide only 5 10 pounds of weight to the user for 15 20 pounds weighted tool.

The video given below shows you the performance of Robo-Glove.

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