We’ve seen plenty of ways that technology can provide helpful prosthetic replacements for those who have lost limbs. What about those who have all their limbs, but their limbs don’t function to the extent in which they should? This “roboglove” is a step towards helping those people.

Folks who suffer from ALS or muscular dystrophy (or sometimes the effects of a stroke) can have impaired hand strength or fine motor control. This can make picking things up or simple actions like turning a doorknob extremely difficult. A robotic glove developed by a research team at Harvard University was designed to fix that by doing the squeezing for them using small water bladders that fill up and cause the fingers and thumb to curl and form a grasping motion.

If it sounds simple, it’s because it is, but the prototype has already proven effective. The research team lead believes that the device could be ready for medical application within three years.

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