A robotic glove developed for use by astronauts on the International Space Station ISS is finding new life on Earth.
The RoboGlove, developed by Nasa in partnership with General Motors, provides a "soft exoskeleton" that increases the gripping power of the wearer and is now being considered for use in manufacturing and medical applications.
The RoboGlove, described by its creators as a "force-multiplying battery-powered wearable", contains sensors, actuators and tendons designed to imitate the nerves, muscles and tendons in the human hand.
The device was designed by GM and Nasa during a nine-year collaboration, which included the launch of the humanoid Robonaut 2 R2 robot into space in 2011.
One of the requirements of R2 was to operate tools designed for humans, which requires a high level of hand dexterity.
Technology from the robot was eventually integrated into the RoboGlove.