Partnerships to Move Humanity Forward

RoboGlove is a wearable device that assists users in grasping.
RoboGlove is a wearable device that assists users in grasping.
RoboGlove is a wearable device that assists users in grasping.
From the lessons learned with Robonaut 2, GM and NASA developed the RoboGlove, a wearable device that assists users in grasping.
RoboGlove helps improve grasp strength
RoboGlove helps improve grasp strength
RoboGlove helps improve grasp strength
RoboGlove improves grasp strength and has both manufacturing and biomedical applications.
GM and NASA worked together to create Robonaut 2
GM and NASA worked together to create Robonaut 2
GM and NASA worked together to create Robonaut 2
Robonaut 2 was created by GM and NASA engineers working together.
Robonaut 2 works on the International Space Station
Robonaut 2 works on the International Space Station
Robonaut 2 works on the International Space Station
Robonaut 2, the humanoid robot developed by GM and NASA to work on the International Space Station.
GM and NASA envision robots and humans working together
GM and NASA envision robots and humans working together
GM and NASA envision robots and humans working together
GM and NASA share the same vision of having robots and humans working together.
Robonaut 2 was designed to work alongside humans
Robonaut 2 was designed to work alongside humans
Robonaut 2 was designed to work alongside humans
Designed to work alongside humans, Robonaut 2 responds to external stimulus, like sensing how hard to shake someone’s hand.
Roboglove is a wearable device
Roboglove is a wearable device
Roboglove is a wearable device
The RoboGlove uses leading-edge sensors, actuators and tendons that are comparable to the nerves, muscles and tendons in a human hand.
GM and NASA learned from Robonaut and it aided in creating Roboglove
GM and NASA learned from Robonaut and it aided in creating Roboglove
GM and NASA learned from Robonaut and it aided in creating Roboglove
The lessons learned from Robonaut 2 led GM and NASA engineers to create the Roboglove.
GM and NASA have a long history of working together
GM and NASA have a long history of working together
GM and NASA have a long history of working together
General Motors and NASA have a long history working together, starting with the Lunar Rover, the first vehicle to drive on the moon.
To General Motors, making the best vehicles has never been enough. Its goal has always been – and will continue to be – to make the world a better place. Whether that means helping explore the uncharted reaches of space or improving someone’s quality of life, GM has a long-standing tradition of partnering with other leaders in engineering and innovation to make this vision a reality.

For example, in the 1960s, GM teamed up with NASA to help create the Lunar Rover. It remains the first and only car ever driven by man on the moon.

The partnership resumed decades later when NASA wanted to create a robot to work side by side with astronauts on the International Space Station. GM had similar interest in creating collaborative robots that could assist people in doing difficult or dirty tasks. A team of GM robotics and software engineers spent three years embedded at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The GM and NASA engineers worked side by side to create “Robonaut 2.”

Unlike traditional robots, Robonaut 2 is able to work right next to people and respond to external stimulus. It can sense how hard to shake someone’s hand and automatically changes directions if it bumps into someone or something unexpected. This is key for being able to safely work alongside people. NASA sent Robonaut 2 to work with the astronauts of the International Space Station in 2011. The plan is for Robonaut 2 to be remotely controlled to conduct repairs outside of the space station, with none of the risk of a human spacewalk.

Robonaut 2 inspired a new generation of collaborative robots that safely work alongside operators on the factory floor.

From the lessons learned with Robonaut 2, GM and NASA developed the RoboGlove, a wearable device that assists users in grasping.

The RoboGlove technology caught the attention of Bioservo, a biomedical company working on similar technology but for biomedical applications. They saw the potential in the GM/NASA technology and licensed patents used in RoboGlove. Bioservo’s glove should soon be used in rehabilitation for people who need help with grasp strength and those living with a range of physical disabilities. Bioservo is also working on manufacturing prototypes of RoboGlove for potential use in GM factories.

One partnership was able to help us move around on the moon, make enhancements to manufacturing and could give countless people greater independence. GM is constantly seeking out partnerships like this. All in the pursuit of making the world a better place.