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Medtech Startup Teams with GM on Robotic Glove for Assembly Lines

Bioservo Technologies, a medical technology firm that makes a light-weight robotic "extra muscle" glove for people with weak grips, is teaming up with carmaker General Motor to design a model for assembly workers

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FILE - Employees work on an assembly line at the General Motors Powertrain-Uzbekistan plant in Tashkent, Aug. 31, 2012. (VOA)
  • You can find other devices that build a hard structure around the arm or rest of the body or sometimes even the fingers to activate them, but we do it in pure textile. That’s unique
  • It is now combining the technology with that of GM’s and U.S. space agency NASA’s “RoboGlove” for astronauts, to give extra strength to industrial workers whose jobs involve heavy or repetitive movements, to prevent strain injuries and fatigue.
  • After built-in sensors on three fingertips record what the user does, the Swedish startup’s soft textile glove mimics and reinforces the movement with the help of artificial tendons

Stockholm, October 11, 2016: Bioservo Technologies, a medical technology firm that makes a light-weight robotic “extra muscle” glove for people with weak grips, is teaming up with carmaker General Motor to design a model for assembly workers.

After built-in sensors on three fingertips record what the user does, the Swedish startup’s soft textile glove mimics and reinforces the movement with the help of artificial tendons.

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“You can find other devices that build a hard structure around the arm or rest of the body or sometimes even the fingers to activate them, but we do it in pure textile. That’s unique,” said Bioservo co-founder and head of research Johan Ingvast.

The firm developed its motor-driven “Servo Extra Muscle” as a health-care tool for people with reduced hand grips due to disorders such as arthritis.

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It is now combining the technology with that of GM’s and U.S. space agency NASA’s “RoboGlove” for astronauts, to give extra strength to industrial workers whose jobs involve heavy or repetitive movements, to prevent strain injuries and fatigue.

GM, which has licensed its technology to Bioservo, has said it plans to test the new glove in some of its plants, hoping its use will improve efficiency.

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Bioservo’s Ingvast said he hoped to develop similar devices for other parts of the body.

“Can we use it for the arm?” he said. “Can we use it for the back to help [against] pain in your back? We have a number of limbs in the body that we could work on.” (VOA)

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    Well let’s just hope that this device does some good in the medical field

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?