Smart Glove Controls 3D Printed Robotic Arm (Waldo!)
Robert Heinlein invented this idea, as far as I know. In his 1942 story Waldo, he describes an inventor with myasthenia graves who solves his problem by creating a kind of glove with feedback sensors that controls robotic hands:
"Baldur!" A voice cut through the air from some point beyond. The dog's ferocity wilted, but it could not check its lunge. A waldo snaked out a good thirty feet and grasped it by the collar.
There were several pairs of waldoes growing out of a steel ring which surrounded the working space. Two pairs, mere monkey fists in size, were equipped with extensors. It had been one of these which had shot out to grab Baldur by his collar...
This 3D Printed Arduino Robotic Gripper is smart glove that can be used to control a robotic arm wirelessly.
(3D Printed Arduino Robotic Gripper)
This was a great Heinlein story, and his idea has been implemented in lots of different ways:
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