Rubber glove opens doors

Exo-Glove Poly
25 April 2016

Please note: This glove should be available by the end of 2017. You can get more information here.

Tasks such as opening doors are a part of everyday life for most people. However, for people who people suffer paralysis of the hand and fingers through injuries or diseases – such as spinal cord injury, stroke and cerebral palsy – they can present a huge challenge without the support of assistive technologies.

About 500,000 people end up in a wheelchair each year. Of those, around half also suffer injuries to their hand. And that number doesn’t include the people who sustain injuries just to their hands. People with disability want to live an independent life.

To address this, Kyujin Cho at Seoul National University has developed the Exo-Glove Poly, a soft wearable robot that addresses paralysis of the hand by enabling people to grasp and pinch various objects. Exo is from the Greek for ‘outside’ and Poly refers to the glove’s being made of polymer. Inspired by human fingers, this flexible, rubber-like robotic glove is superior to bulky exoskeletons due to its lightweight compactness and increased usability.

Built so that it’s comfortable enough to be worn every day and waterproof for easy sanitisation, Exo-Glove Poly has three fingers that fit over the wearer’s thumb, index finger and middle finger, with a soft tendon routing system of wires. The motor, controlled by a simple switch, pulls on the wires to open and close the hand. Design features allow adjustment to different hand sizes and to protect users from injury, as well as taking into consideration price, mass production, wearability and appearance.

The device was developed through a unique and inspiring cooperation of students with disabled persons. The team hope that more people with disability will be able to live a better independent life, but most of all, the goal of the SNU Biorobotics Lab is to foster and educate innovative and empathetic researchers to become agents of change for the future. Cho plans to commercialise the product by the end of 2017. You can get more information here.

Watch the final prototype in action and learn about the ongoing research for two-handed tasks, such as opening and closing a bottle.

Exo-Glove Poly was mapped by Cecilia Laschi in her Soft Robotics AtlasChart Top 5 – a trip through the flexible future of soft robotics from Italy to South Korea.

Submitted by

Lisa Goldapple, Editor, Atlas of the Future

Project leader

Kyujin Cho, Director, Biorobotics Laboratory, Seoul National University

Location

South Korea (Seoul)

Creative Commons License

Comments

 

  1. Valerie Blaylock

    How can I buy one?

  2. Lisa cary

    Is the exo glove available for purchase

  3. Dolly Siddiqui

    Is this Exo Glove available to buy

  4. Jarl Haugerød

    Hi, I’m paralyzed in my left hand.
    Where can I buy one?

  5. Liviu

    How can i buy one? Please give me more datlies!

  6. Arnika

    Please share more information about glove for my husband – after what kind of diseases it can be used?

  7. Mildred trejo

    How can I purchase this product I’m a quadriplegic c5

  8. Ayesha

    My father is unable to use his left hand due to a stroke, I am wondering where I can find more information about the Exo Glove?

  9. Tanya Hill

    My husband suffered a massive stroke and has no use of his right hand. How can I get this ?

  10. Barbara J Horigan

    Would like information on the exo-glove poly for my husband. He suffered a stroke a year and a half ago. And does not have use of his left hand. I think this would be excellent for him.

  11. Barbara J Horigan

    Would also like to know where we can purchase this fantastic glove.

  12. Barbara J Horigan

    Would also like to know where we can purchase this fantastic glove.

  13. Michelle K.

    My father had a stroke three years ago, he has sense in his right hand but does npot have fine motor skills. Please do offer more information on what kind of patients can benefit from this glove and how can we purchase it??

  14. Ibrahim issany

    This is fantastic pls inform me how to get one.

  15. JOAN HUFFMAN

    I HAD A STOKE APRIL 22 2015 AND HAVE LIMITED USE OF RIGHT HAND PLEASE SEND ME INFO ON HOW TO OBBBTAIN THIS. THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS.

  16. Sami

    Seoul National University’s Exo-Glove Poly is a soft robotic glove designed to help people with disabilities grasp objects:

    This machine Walid needed

  17. Amy

    I need this. I lost function in my right hand due to a brachial plexus injury. I had tendon transfers to help regain some function. This would be perfect for me. How much is it?

  18. Herminia (minnie)

    Can you email me more information I suffered a stroke and can’t grasp with my right hand. Thank you

  19. Janet Nieves

    My daughter suffered a stroke at 14 months old and now at 18 years old she still has marked weakness of her left hand and after many failed attempts on surgery she is still not able to use fully her hand. This looks promising and life changing. If more information on how to apply or research subjects or anything please contact us.

  20. Amanda

    With the size variations are you able to size them for children? If so can you please share more info on product and what pricing may be?

  21. Neysa Hall

    Is it possible to attain a set of these and become part of a trial in the United States?

  22. Silvia Regina Carrijo

    Onde posso encontrar para comprar.
    Moro no Brasil-Rio de Janeiro
    Obrigada

  23. Donna Joseph

    How do you get this? I have nerve damage in my right hand. Have had surgery to try and fit it, but it didn’t work. Can you please tell me where or how to get this……

  24. Lisa Goldapple, Editor

    Hi everyone. I have mailed the team behind this to ask their long term intentions about making it available to buy and will let you know.

    Lisa

  25. Zaheer Ijaz

    I have muscular dystrophy and my all four limbs are effected. It seems this Exo Glove can me in my daily life activities which I cannot perform. Kindly let me know from where I can get it?

  26. Liz

    Can we buy it and its available for purchase?

  27. Silvana schneider

    I need this product. where and how can I get it?

  28. K.M

    Hello ,all .If who has any information please share it with me that how we can buy it .

  29. Elizabeth K

    How can I see about purchasing one for a friend who lost hand function to his right arm in a motorcycle accident?

  30. LINOY B G

    hey Lisa Goldapple, any news about the glove from the developers?

  31. gwen

    My husband suffered a stroke that impacted his left side. Ths product would definitely help. When does the product go on the market?

  32. gwen

    Send info when product is release on the market.

  33. Lisa Goldapple, Editor

    Please note: We have spoken to Cho and he plans to commercialise the product by end of next year. I’ll keep you all informed. Lisa

  34. Tom

    Please can i have information or be kept informed as to when this will be available. Looks like a great product which will be greatly needed.

  35. Wojtek

    Hi guys, Awesome concept. I was looking for the device like that. Where can I buy it?

  36. Amy Petri

    HI, are you looking for Sales reps? I had hand surgery on my dominant hand and sure could have used one of these gloves in recovering. I’m also a Medical sales representative who is Clinical. I would enjoy helping others heal because I know what it is like to be a patient, Clinician and a salesperson.

  37. Laura Taylor

    Is there a waiting list to purchase the glove? Or an email list to be notified when it’s available and how to buy it?

  38. Louise Sheen

    I have cerebral palsy affecting my right hand. I would be interested to know how to try this when it becomes avail able

  39. Tiffany

    Is this available for purchase yet?

  40. DIANE PHOENIX

    WERE CAN I BUY ONE IN CANADA. I AM IN EDMONTON ,ALBERTA

  41. Grietje Kerkhof

    We are very excited about the Glove.
    Can you please let met know, where we can buy one.
    Where can we find more information about the glove?? in Holland.

  42. K1

    Is this product available in there market? If yes, where?

  43. Heather B

    I have paralysis of my left hand. Is this available in the US? Do I need to talk to my doctor? How do you get this.

  44. Rotimi O.

    Is the Exo-Glove Poly commercially available, or still at the research stage?

  45. Lisa Goldapple, Editor

    To everyone who is interested in the glove. Cho plans for it to be available by the end of 2017. You can keep updated on this site: http://biorobotics.snu.ac.kr/

  46. Russ McVay

    Where and how much

  47. Arcelia Hernández Ocampo

    Me parece increíble, necesito uno, podrían enviar información de cómo obtenerlo gracias

  48. Brad Campbell

    I would be interested in buying one for a friend who would greatly benefit his mobility with the exo glove. Please contact me with info on purchasing one.

  49. Brenda

    My mothers hands were paralyzed due to spinal damage in a vehicle crash. How can I get her an opportunity to try this?

  50. Nicki

    I am a hand therapist the device would enhance some aspects of hand therapy. I am base in the Unite Kingdom and I would like to suggest the application of its use with peripheral nerve lesions. Please could you send some detailed information about the product, cost and likelihood of purchase within the UK?

  51. Amy Mefford

    I’m very interested in the Exo Glove for my Mother who is 86 and having nerve damage issues. When will this be available for purchase and how much would this cost? Thank you look forward to hearing from you soon!

  52. Stephen Kerr

    Looks fantastic. Will this be available through the NHS?
    How much is the cost to buy?

  53. Stephen Jensen

    Amazing. Could you send me the price ?

  54. Kayla P

    When will this glove be available for purchase? How much will it cost, and will it be covered by some insurances?

  55. Dr.Ramanaiah

    My wife is a paralytic patient for past 12 years.I would like to know about the product and price.

  56. kris stolz

    Please tell me how I can purchase the exo glove poly please? I am a stroke survivor and can’t use my left hand. I could live a greater independent life. Please help me!

  57. BEATRICE SANGAWE

    Hello am staying in Africa Tanzania i real need one my sons hands are not working, i also would like to know if there is one for the legs from the waist to the toes. Please get back to me. Please

  58. altug kazanoglu

    How we can buy? And is it portable, compact?
    Dr. K

  59. Sean rush

    Where can we get one?

  60. Narendra Pratap Singh

    Hello I’m just amazed to see this product and very much interested to buy it for my dad. Pls tell me from where I can buy this.

  61. Sheri Hunt

    When will they be available for purchase?

  62. Jason Blanford

    Hi my son is thirteen years old and has a rare DNA disorder and his hand are tight just like someone who has cp. I saw your video on Facebook and was looking for more info and wanting to know the limitations and if it would benefit him with his disorder

  63. PURI

    When does the product go on the market? How can I buy ?

  64. yassine

    Hallo,
    ich möchte unbedingt so ein Gerät kaufen es ist dringend bitte um Hilfe ich weiss nicht wo ich es bestellen kann

  65. Corey Fenton

    I need one I have paralysis in my left hand

  66. Nishtha Jain

    Where can I buy this from? I need it for a C5/C6 paraplegic patient. Thanks!

  67. Ranjiv jain

    I want to buy

  68. John Tice

    I’m a paralyzed school teacher and motivational speaker. Let me use your glove and help market it.

  69. Oksana

    Any idea for developing a left-handed glove and for all fingers? Thank you!

  70. Jesús Alvarado

    Hi, My wife has problems with right hand due stroke.
    How can I get one? Please give me more details.

  71. Billy Finger

    Where can i get a pair of them in the states i woul really benifit from this i would improe my quality of lfe

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