GM develops RoboGlove exoskeleton for its factory workers
For workers who have to spend long hours in the factory working with tools that require strength in hand, now there is good news on the horizon. Automotive giants General Motors and medical technology experts Bioservo have joined hands to develop an exoskeleton power glove which will help workers in factories with the task at hand. Called as RoboGlove, this sensor loaded glove will provide superhuman like strength and dexterity to the workers. That will mean considerably less aching in hands after a day’s job.
This glove borrows its technology from the Bioservo’s own SEM Glove and NASA’s RoboGlove. The Bioservo glove excels in producing force and the RoboGlove has sensors and actuators for assistance in nifty tasks. That would mean GM will have a power glove with the precision of human-hand.
To give you an example of the kind of assistance workers will have with the exoskeleton glove, it will provide them 10 pounds of force. If they have to use 15-20 pounds of force to hold a tool, they’ll now only have to apply 5-10 pounds on their own. This means an assistance that will give them relief at the end of the day.
The exoskeleton hand glove will get its energy from a battery pack attached to workers waist. Not only in heavy manufacturing industry, but the glove will also be useful in medical field for surgeons too.
Good news is that GM will be rolling-out this exoskeleton glove for its workers pretty soon.
According to Tomas Ward, CEO of Bioservo Technologies;
Combining the best of three worlds – space technology from Nasa, engineering from GM and medtech from Bioservo – in a new industrial glove could lead to industrial scale use of the technology.