July 15, 2016

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GM's Roboglove Will Turn Workers Into Cyborgs  (Alex Davies, 7/13/16, Wired)

NASA and GM built Robonaut 2 for tasks too dangerous or demeaning for humans on the International Space Station. The super creepy humanoid was strong enough to lift 40 pounds and dexterous enough to tap out texts on an iPhone.

GM's now working with Swedish med-tech company Bioservo to adapt the Robonaut's grip to gloves. Pressure sensors and actuators mimic nerves and muscles, so the glove knows when the hand inside is picking something up. It's gentle enough to handle eggs but firm enough to maintain a strong grip, so you aren't wasting energy holding your hammer.

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