The partnership between General Motors and NASA gave birth to a new object. After the humanoid Robonaut, GM and NASA have created K-Glove, a device to assist human undertaking, more exactly a robotic glove. Unlike other futuristic technologies developed by car manufacturers, this one will be used in series production, but not where you initially think. Specifically, GM believes that K-glove will ease their employees work on the assembly line, which must use their own forces to assemble cars.
The first prototype of the robotic glove was completed in March 2011 and the second generation was launched three months later. The model shown in the picture is a prototype powered by a lithium-ion battery derived from a cordless power tool and weighs about one kilogram. The whole project is developed by the Robonaut project of NASA, which created the humanoid robot R2. R2’s hand was turned into a glove designed for human use and the resulted glove is to eliminate problems arising from the tendons of the forearm and carpal tunnel diseases, both caused by repetitive actions.
GM says that K-Glove is good both for an astronaut working in a pressurized suit and a worker in a factory assembly of cars. To hold a necessary tool to assemble an automobile, a worker needs to apply a clamping force of up to ten pounds, but the new robotic glove reduces his effort by 75%.