The Portuguese company known as Nuada is about to offer its users the opportunity to improve hand strength and coordination with their newest smart glove.
Created by Filipe Quinaz and Vitor Crespo, this seed-funded company invented a piece of hardware which can augment the movements of your palm and digits. It also acts as an electromechanical support system which lets you carry out nearly superhuman feats or simply everyday tasks. The glove comprises electromagnetic tendons that help the hand open and close and even perform basic motions and a sensor informs doctors and users about their pull energy, dexterity, and different metrics.
Some people might wonder what to use it for. Firstly, you could be struck with an illness or injury and be caught with diminished hand energy. Thus, the smart glove can help you out. Secondly, if you’re doing heavy manual work with your hands, it will allow you to hold things longer with less muscle fatigue, making you work faster.
“We then use our own electromechanical system to support the user in the movement he wants to do,” stated Filipe Quinaz. “This makes us able to support incredible weights with a small system, that needs much less energy to function. We can build the first mass adopted exoskeleton solutions with our technology.”
The idea was born out of real need.
“Again in 2013 I broke a bone in my hand and realized how dangerous it’s to have lack of hand perform,” mentioned Quinaz. “I used to be working in an enormous textile firm on the time, and likewise concerned in College analysis, so all of it got here collectively.”
The innovative workforce began out at University, but after the project won the Microsoft Imagine Cup, they ended up in Seattle. They built the project over a two-year period and are at last prepared to show off the glove. As of yet, there has been no pricing information, however, the team hopes it could be incorporated into therapeutic use soon, allowing patients with restricted hand movement to regain at least some of their lost dexterity.
It appears Andy Warhol was right. In the future, everyone will be bionic for fifteen minutes.