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.