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.