An assistive robotic glove for those with hand disabilities

click to enlarge There are many people who have lost hand mobility due to injury, stroke and other neurological conditions. Exoskeletons are a great idea, but for a small area far too bulky. At Seoul National University, research director Kyujin Cho and a group of SNU Biorobotics Lab students, working with disabled people, have developed the Exo-Glove Poly, a soft wearable robot ‘glove’ that is capable of grasping objects. Three soft, tactile fingers fit over the wearer’s thumb, index finger and middle finger, with a tendon-like routing system of wires connected to a motor which opens and closes the hand. It is waterproof, washable and reasonable looking. According to the article in AtlasoftheFuture.org, this assistive technology is scheduled for commercialization in late 2017. Exo-Glove Poly website. Hat tip to contributor Sarianne Gruber via LinkedIn.

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