Category: grasping aid for hand

Human Grasp Assist

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---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To design a prototype of a robotic glove that can be used by people with grasping disabilities and others at risk for repetitive stress injury. The Human Grasp Assist, also known as the K-Glove or the Robo-Glove, uses sensors built into the fingertips of the gloves that automatically tighten the actuators in the fingers to provide the wearer with a better grip of the object being held. The Human Grasp Assist helps reduce the amount of force required to grip an object. For example, it reduces a gripping force of 15 to 20 pounds to approximately 5 to 10 pounds. The current prototype weighs approximately 2 pounds including the control electronics, the actuators and small display for programming and diagnostics, and uses an off-the-shelf lithium-ion power tool battery. NASA and General Motors are currently working on a new prototype that is near completion, and will be smaller and lighter than the current prototype described above. While the Human Grasp Assist is not necessarily designed for people with disabilities there is great potential to assist persons with grasping disabilities through this technology. AUTHOR: Tyler Lee. TITLE: NASA and GM team up to create the Robo-Glove. WEBSITE: Ubergizmo. REF:


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