Space Awareness

RoboGlove: Space Technology Making Work Easier on Earth

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General Motors (GM) recently announced its plans to use robotic glove technology developed for use in space. Through a partnership with NASA and a licensing agreement with Bioservo Technologies AB, a Swedish medical technology company, the RoboGlove will be available for industrial use to assist workers using hand tools. Sensors in the glove strengthen the grip and movement of a human hand, easing worker fatigue.

The glove uses robotic technology currently in use on the International Space Station.

In a press release issued by GM in July, Tomas Ward, CEO of Bioservo Technologies, described the RoboGlove, “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.” See a video demonstration of the glove here.

RoboGlove is a perfect example of technology developed for space that has been adapted for use on Earth. The Space Foundation builds awareness of the benefits of space through our Space Certification™ program, which demonstrates how space technologies improve our lives.

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This article is part of Space Watch: August 2016 (Volume: 15, Issue: 8).