Many people need some extra strength to grasp objects in the course of their day. Even holding simple objects such as a coffee pot or a drill can pose difficulties due to factors that range from age and repetitive strain injuries to medical conditions such as a stroke or arthritis.
Now, a Swedish company, Bioservo Technologies, has developed what it calls the SEM Glove (Soft Extra Muscle), that adds power to the grip grip, through force-detecting sensors and robotics technology. The SEM Glove was the winner of the Robotdalen Innovation Award 2012 and will receive support from Robotdalen for further product development and commercialization.
Bioservo Technologies was founded by researchers from the Karolinska Institute and the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. The company combines its experiences about human needs, with modern robot technology knowledge, to create innovative products that strengthen the body. The jury saw the SEM Glove as an excellent example of a user-friendly, adaptive robotic assistance. They also assessed that the prototype is ready for serial production with great opportunities to reach a global market.
The Robotdalen Innovation Award gives winners an opportunity to further develop their commercially valid robotics solutions, says Lennart Karlsson, Internationalization Manager at Robotdalen. Winners were selected among 24 contributions from 12 countries.
The first place winner receives € 6,000 as well as an additional € 6,000 for further development of the product in cooperation with Robotdalen.