Monthly Archives: August 2016

GM RoboGlove Tool: A Wearable Robotic Arm of the Future

GM RoboGlove Tool

These gloves have been replaced by the future.

A RoboGlove might sound like something out of a science-fiction novel, but this innovative GM tool is designed to make car manufacturing easier. This clever tool will help to ease muscle strain on the assembly line, an idea originally developed for a NASA robot. With some truly innovative technologies at play, this could just be the future of auto manufacturing and assembly everywhere.

The GM RoboGlove tool is a battery-pack-powered glove with small controllers and actuators that clip to the wearer at belt level. According to CNET, tendons work as synthetic muscles to aid in gripping, giving the user a powerful grip without straining their own muscles. While this robotic arm might sound a little excessive, GM may implement it to decrease stress on workers on the assembly line.

“I had a go with the RoboGlove and was impressed by its gripping power,” said Andrew Krok at CNET, one of a handful to actually try the glove. “It’s a strange feeling, being able to hold onto something without constantly working muscles.”

Special sensors in the fingertips allow the user to control subtle movements and pressure, making the robo-hand surprisingly dexterous. While GM and NASA are looking to put the tool to use in space and on the assembly line, the technology can also be used in physical therapy or as a prosthetic. The RoboGlove is truly innovative, one of several recent GM inventions that are set to change the industry forever.

Jazzin’ at the Shedd: Things to Do This Summer in Chicago

Jazzin’ at the Shedd

Stop by the Shedd Aquarium every Wednesday for a summer concert series called Jazzin’ at the Shedd. This annual event showcases the city’s finest musicians at one of the most scenic areas in the region. This Navy Pier event also has refreshments and beverages, as well as a stunning fireworks display.

According to the Shedd Aquarium, you can also check out the 32,000 animal residents at the aquarium. Exhibits include a Wild Reef, Abbot Oceanarium, and the Amphibians. You can also take a tour of the lake on a Shoreline Sightseeing Classic Tour, getting a front-row seat to the fireworks display.

You can also see some renowned researchers and scientists in an informal setting at the Jazzin’ Science Pub. Ask questions, enjoy some drinks, and learn about recent breakthroughs in various fields. There will be special guests on the following dates:

  • August 17
  • August 24
  • September 14

Advanced tickets are just $18, while you can also buy them at the door for $20. For those looking to take the Jazzin’ Shoreline Fireworks Cruise, it’s just $35. Members can get in for free—just one of many benefits to joining the Shedd Aquarium society.

If you’re looking to have a fun night on the town or you simply want to support one of the best aquariums in the country, stop by the Jazzin’ at the Shedd event for an unforgettable experience.