Anybody who had a childhood in the late 1980s/ early ’90s should Remember Nintendo’s Power Glove. You might even still have one, next to your old stacks of MAD Magazine somewhere in a dusty Rubbermaid container. But there was a huge drawback when it came to the Power Glove; it was useless in an assembly plant. But GM and NASA’s Robo-Glove, a “Human Grasp Assist device,” can totally be used for work beyond playing “Bad Street Brawler” on a 16-bit entertainment console.
Utilizing technology derived from GM and NASA’s cooperative R2 robot project, the Robo-Glove is designed with workers in mind, ones that have to muster hours worth of grip strength. Tasks such as using a drill or manually moving objects can become grueling as the day goes on, and Robo-Glove aids its wearer by proving extra grip force, by the order of 10 pounds. But aside from doing boring things like manual labor, we imagine this glove would be a great asset to anyone who wants to squeeze the color out of a disliked colleague’s fingers via a cyborg handshake.