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Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Medical crossover apps?
Ann R. Thryft   3/28/2012 12:14:38 PM
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Chuck, I get defense applications, but clothing? And shoes? Anyway, the medical/health apps look pretty compelling. As Nancy mentions, carpal tunnel/tendonitis/repetitive stress sufferers could also benefit, on top of people who have lost even more functioning.


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How about as an everyday appliance for all?
bdcst   3/28/2012 1:40:18 PM
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This device has the potential to become a mass production, mass appeal comodity item!  No need to limit it to the assembly line or for relief from medical conditions.  It would be handy for most everyone on a daily basis, especially those of us who are aging.  And isn't that ultimately all of us?

I'm at the point where opening vacuum sealed jar lids becomes a brute force challenge, where soft tissue does not respond as well to stress or heal as rapidly from an insult.

Even for low force tasks such as gripping the tripod handle of a film/video camera for an hour or more of continuous filming the glove would help eliminate finger cramps!  I assume, with some sort of locking cam or gear action, the glove would not have to consume a lot of battery power to hold its grip, only to change it.

This device would appear to be, in some ways, superior to the exoskeleton devices the Department of Defence is testing for soldiers needing to carry heavy supplies to the battlefield.  It would certainly help them hold a weapon or a joy stick for prolonged periods of time.

Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   3/28/2012 3:23:41 PM
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Yes, Sensor pro, it is good to see GM innovating in a non-auto field. Decades ago, that was more the norm, where companies would go far afield with their innovations with some very interesting results. 3M, Bell Labs, many others.

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Charles Murray   3/28/2012 8:06:11 PM
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Ann: I don't think GM wanted to put it into shoes. They just happend to drop the name of a shoe/clothing company and suggested that there was an application there. I don't know how that company could possibly use it, but it does make sense that a company that makes work clothing could incorporate it into gloves.

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   3/28/2012 8:09:02 PM
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You're right on the money, bdcst. I think these are the kinds of apps that GM is thinking of. There must be a lot of potential applications in which this technology could be used to prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   3/29/2012 12:29:48 PM
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Thanks, Chuck that makes sense. bdcst, I often have the same problem opening jars, and keep three different jar-opening tools in my kitchen utensil drawer. One of them usually works. But I agree, this glove would make a great alternative for several other tasks that involve gripping for long periods of time.


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robatnorcross   3/30/2012 4:22:48 PM
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As a FORMER GM stockholder and long-time member of a "GM FAMILY" I feel I'm qualified to state that if the people at GM were focused on MAKING AUTOMOBILES may be I wouldn't have to use their stock certificates for wallpapering my bathroom. I the morons would concentrate on styling and car engineering they would't have time for gloves, etc.

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   3/30/2012 7:48:14 PM
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Nancy, I suspect that worker injuries may have played a role in the decision to do this. (GM did not discuss this with me, however.) I can only imagine how many employess GM must have with those kinds of problems.

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Nancy Golden   3/30/2012 8:20:24 PM
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I agree Rob, that was the beauty of the NASA spin-off technologies. I think it's great when companies can be innovative in other fields with the expertise they have developed in their own.

Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   4/2/2012 10:18:13 AM
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Yes, Nancy, perhaps this is the beginning of a new era of innovation. The airline industry is developing composite materials that will be used elsewhere. Ford is developing new eco-materials for the interior of their vehicles. 

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