Improve your grip with Robogloves

Image Credit: GM and NASA.

Image Credit: GM and NASA

While listening to NPR on my drive to work the other day, I heard a really interesting fact about our generation. New research has shown that we have significantly less strength in our grip than that of earlier generations. I can recall numerous times when I have shaken hands with someone much older than myself and noticed they have a bone-crushing grip. It makes sense though, our generation has created all different forms of technology that makes work easier to do. We have created robots and machines that take most of the work out of manual labor. Whereas the generations before us worked with their hands, developing strength in their grip.

This kind of news might be upsetting to some. We may not be as helpful when it comes to opening a pickle jar as our grandfathers are, however, as a generation that solves problems and work with technology, we may have come up with a solution to help with the whole “weak grip syndrome,” and that solution is “Robogloves.”

Image Credit: GM and NASA.

Image Credit: GM and NASA.

Designed by General Motors and NASA, Robogloves were originally designed for use on the International Space Station (ISS) but can have very practical uses here on earth (and I don’t just mean lifting heavy rocks in Hyrule). Robogloves could be used for a wide variety of applications in different areas for manufacturing, medical, and industrial purposes.

The gloves have a network of sensors and actuators (much like tendons) that allow the wearer to grip with increased force all while maintaining the normal dexterity of a human hand. The gloves can greatly reduce the amount of effort that is normally needed to operate a tool or task for an extended period of time. The smaller the effort we need to hold something in our grip, the longer we can hold said object. An example that comes to my mind is my Weed Wacker, it can get incredibly tiring holding down the trigger and holding up the entire Weed Wacker all the while dealing with the vibrations. Obviously the gloves will provide more practical uses than this, but who knows what’s in store for the future.

Via IFLScience

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