GM and Modern Muscle
Look closely between the glove and the gauntlet and you can see a wiring harness. And there’s the wire that extends downward from the gauntlet. And just above it you can read “Robo-Glove.” Now while this might seem a little “As Seen On TV,” it is actually a bona-fide development between General Motors, NASA and Bioservo Technologies AB (bioservo.com). GM and NASA worked together on developing a robotic glove, which is in use on the International Space Station. Bioservo is combining its SEM Glove—that’s “Soft Extra Muscle”—technology with the original glove. The result is what you’re seeing here, a force-multiplying wearable. In industrial use—such as wielding a crescent wrench—the objective is to reduce fatigue in hand muscles. According to Kurt Wiese, vice president of GM Global Manufacturing Engineering, the glove “can reduce the amount of force that a worker needs to exert when operating a tool for an extended time or with repetitive motions.” Bioservo will be developing the glove for commercial and consumer use; GM intends to be the first manufacturing customer for it.