Honda and Toyota have their promotional robots, Asimo and Partner, to show off each company's engineering expertise. But a General Motors innovation -- the RoboGlove -- is headed to production and could prove handy to production line workers and medical patients overcoming muscle injuries.
Developed with NASA, the RoboGlove uses sensors, actuators and tendons that act like the nerves and muscles in a human hand, GM says.
The glove reduces the amount of energy a person needs to exert when gripping a tool, such as a wrench. GM plans to test the next generation of the RoboGlove in its plants where workers perform many repetitive functions.
The glove, in development for nine years, has been tested on the International Space Station.
It will be manufactured by a Swedish firm, Bioservo Technologies AB, which plans to market it to medical firms specializing in rehabilitation.