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Video: GM's Robo-Glove Mimics Human Hand
3/27/2012

GM's Robo-Glove incorporates four tiny servo motors, four gearheads, and four ball screws, along with a lithium-ion battery, in a package worn on the forearm. The motors apply force through synthetic tendons attached to the fingers. (Source: GM)
GM's Robo-Glove incorporates four tiny servo motors, four gearheads, and four ball screws, along with a lithium-ion battery, in a package worn on the forearm. The motors apply force
through synthetic tendons attached to the fingers.
(Source: GM)

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Beth Stackpole
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Intelligent reactions
Beth Stackpole   3/27/2012 6:15:36 AM
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I've read about a couple of projects in this area lately, but this seems to go a step further with the intelligent sensors that make some sort of interpretation as to how the user wants to operate the hand. That seems pretty advanced in my book. Is this something GM is developing for use internally or would there be commercial applications/availability for it outside of automotive manufacturing? Seems odd that GM would spend time developing/commercializing something a competitor might use.

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Jennifer Campbell   3/27/2012 10:28:42 AM
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Beth, i had a similar conversation with Chuck about this the other day. Chuck, can you elaborate on whether GM has plans to mass produce this product, or will they use it internally? In any case, it will be interesting to see what type of companys will employ the Robo-Glove.

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Rob Spiegel   3/27/2012 10:41:37 AM
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What a fascinating development. Kind of a cross between robotic technology and a human tool. Sounds like GM plans to commercialize this for outside use, likely through licensing. 

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Tim   3/27/2012 11:36:34 AM
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Itis good to see GM put engineering labor and cost into something that helps their employees health and well being. If this technology is deployed in their factory and their repetetive motion injury rate goes down, the result to their bottom line will be substantial.

Ann R. Thryft
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Medical crossover apps?
Ann R. Thryft   3/27/2012 1:00:22 PM
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What a great story--thanks, Chuck. A grasping assist instead of the leg/walking assist robots I showed in the Medical Robots Slideshow:

http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=240513

This looks like it could have crossover medical/health/rehab applications, as well. Do you know if there are any plans to migrate the technology to them?


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Robo-Glove
apresher   3/27/2012 3:08:05 PM
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Chuck, Very cool development.  The packaging of the system (motors and ballscrews) must have been a significant challenge with this. Great to see the linkage to their work with NASA on the humanoid robot project.

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   3/27/2012 6:26:36 PM
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As Rob has indicated here, GM will likely commercialize this through licensing. Make no mistake, though, even though they are not planning to mass produce it themselves, they are very serious about commercialization. And they are open to ideas for innovative ways to use the technology.

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Charles Murray   3/27/2012 6:31:37 PM
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Ann: GM is very open to ideas for commercialization. While I was talking with them, they mentioned possible uses in defense applications and in clothing lines. They also mentioned a prominent shoe manufacturer in our discussions, but didn't indicate how that company might use it.

Nancy Golden
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Exciting Development!
Nancy Golden   3/28/2012 9:52:08 AM
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This is a very exciting development – I know so many people who are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome and this looks like a great preventative measure and even a way for those who have a repetitive stress injury to be able to continue to work. I will be looking forward to what the operators have to say about it! I wonder how cost effective it will be to implement because I think the possibilities are so huge...very cool!

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GM's robo-glove
sensor pro   3/28/2012 11:30:13 AM
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Clearly a great article about a very interesting subject. Is a good to finally see GM showing innovation in other fields. Thanks for super info.

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