UH Moment: "ExoGlove"
by: Marisa Ramirez, February 24, 2010 10:02:00 am
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Inspiration for brilliant technological advances can come from surprising sources. Like the case of two University of Houston undergrads. Listen to this week's UH Moment.
Justin Loop and John Amstadt, creators of the ExoGlove
"The ExoGlove is a device you put on, just like a glove and that is your control," said Justin Loop, half of the dynamic duo that created the device for their Special Projects class. "Any movement that you have is measured, every movement of your fingers, every point of your fingers." As he puts on the ExoGlove and moves his hand, a wooden robot hand mimics the same movement.
The project is not completed, but shows great promise for astronauts, for example, who can use the ExoGlove to perform outdoor repairs from the comfort of their vehicle; or a special tactical team that can use the ExoGlove to detonate explosives safely from a distance; or surgeons whose skills are needed on the other side of the world.
Movements in the ExoGlove can be mimicked by another device, such as this wooden hand
The project illustrates the university's focus to enhance undergraduate research. Both Loop and partner John Amstadt will continue perfecting the ExoGlove as they move to graduate school at UH. They're hopeful that someday their work will be used for good.
"We're all in this together in this process we call life," said Amstadt. "So being able to contribute and make life that much easier is definitely a great plus, definitely a motivator."
Undergraduate Research is part of what's happening at the University of Houston. I'm Marisa Ramirez.
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