NUS scientists create new, improved robotic glove to treat stroke patients

SINGAPORE - A team of scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed a robotic glove with soft, rubbery "fingers" that help stroke patients undergoing rehabilitation.

The new glove weighs about 200g, which is significantly lighter than traditional mechanical gloves used for the same purpose, which can weigh up to 500g.

It also better mimics a patient's natural hand movements, say doctors, and is more comfortable to wear.

The glove's creators have also included a radio frequency identification (RFID) system, which helps the glove to detect what hand posture to adopt. Faced with an object tagged as an egg, for example, the glove will move into a "pinch" position, rather than the grip one uses to hold a water bottle.

The next step, say the scientists, will be to conduct clinical trials on 30 patients to find out how well the glove aids recovery, and how their brain is stimulated during such robot-assisted therapy.