An Edinburgh engineer has created a robotic glove that uses artificial intelligence to boost muscle traction.
Ross O’Hanlon developed the idea after seeing his aunt, who has multiple sclerosis, struggle to do jobs like drink water or change the TV channel.
He hopes it’ll help millions of people with hand flaws to retain their freedom.
The glove finds the wearer’s intention to grip using a procedure called electromyography (EMT).
This measures the electrical activity that’s made in response to some nerve’s stimulation of the muscle.
It then employs an algorithm to convert the intention into force, helping the wearer to hold an item or use the pressure required to complete an action.
The technology is expected to assist with selecting daily tasks such as opening jars, pouring and making tea.