NASA RoboGlove developed for International Space Station finds a new purpose on Earth

HandInGlove-930x620A robotic glove developed in a partnership between NASA and General Motors (GM) for use onboard the International Space Station (ISS) has found a new purpose on Earth. Swedish medtech company Bioservo Technologies has entered a licensing deal with GM that will see the RoboGlove used in manufacturing and healthcare, among other industrial use-cases.

Based in Stockholm, Bioservo Technologies specializes in soft exoskeleton technology and robotics and creates “strength-enhancing” products. The company markets the SEM Glove, which is used as an “occupational back-to-work aid” by those with impaired muscular strength. Now the company plans to merge the smarts of this SEM glove with the RoboGlove, which was developed during a nine-year partnership that also gave birth to the human-like Robonaut 2 (R2) that has been carrying out research on board the ISS since 2011

The RoboGlove strives to replicate the nerves, tendons, muscles, and dexterity of a human hand through sensors and actuators. It’s not a standalone robotic hand though — it’s an actual wearable glove designed to add strength and grip to a human’s hand to alleviate stress and fatigue when carrying out repetitive tasks.


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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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