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Power-Assist Glove wins special prize for industry/academic/government cooperation
The power-assist glove developed jointly through industry/academic/government cooperation by the research group of Professor Toshiro Noritsugu has been awarded a special prize for industry/academic/government cooperation, the 24th Small and Medium Enterprise Award for Excellence in New Technologies and Products sponsored by the Resona Foundation for Small and Medium Enterprise Promotion and by Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun. The power-assist glove is a revolutionary product generated by the results of research on power-assist devices that use artificial pneumatic rubber muscle at the Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, with the technology cooperation of Daiya Industry (of Okayama city). The glove supports finger movement and gripping in persons who have hand disabilities. The glove is expected to be used for movement support and rehabilitation for daily tasks by seniors and persons with disabilities by providing a gentle assist using a lightweight, flexible and simple device. It should also find use as a supporting device for a variety of ordinary tasks.
Mototaka Senda, Ph.D.
Intellectual Property Office, Organization for Research Promotion and Collaboration
US Representative, Fremont, California USA
Toshiro Noritsugu, Ph.D.
Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Okayama University, Okayama Japan