For the many patients who are rendered paralyzed at some point, the loss of simple functions like hand movements can be debilitating. But a new wearable robot can restore that mobility, allowing someone who has paralysis due to a stroke or other event to grip items, lift objects, and even use a toothbrush.

The robot, called the Exo-Glove Poly, is made of a polymer that is both comfortable and easy to clean. The wearer merely slips the glove onto the affected hand, hooking it over a thumb, index finger, and middle finger, and an internal motor moves wires in the glove for maneuverability.

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 00:00

Vending 3D-Printed Homes

Tokyo seems to love everything associated with manufacturing, robotics, engineering, and science.  And that deep devotion to all things tech-related has had an effect on how people relate to machines of all kinds -- especially anything having to do with automation.

As a report from Evolo notes, "The proliferation of vending machines in Tokyo is impossible to ignore. They are on nearly every block in Tokyo down alleyways, in front of convenience stores and almost in every neighborhood."

The proliferation of vending machines has resulted in the elimination of sales clerks. So, could a giant vending machine potentially do away with the need to deal with home sales staff?

That's one of the ideas behind the Pod Vending Machine, which would dispense housing units on demand and continue to grow skyward as the city's housing demands increase.

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