People with hand amputations experience difficult daily life challenges, often leading to lifelong use of a prosthetic hands and services.

 

An electronic glove, or e-glove, developed by Purdue University researchers can be worn over a prosthetic hand to provide humanlike softness, warmth, appearance and sensory perception, such as the ability to sense pressure, temperature and hydration. For more information see the IDTechEx report on Wearable Technology Forecasts 2019-2029.

 

While a conventional prosthetic hand helps restore mobility, the new e-glove advances the technology by offering the realistic human hand-like features in daily activities and life roles, with the potential to improve their mental health and wellbeing by helping them more naturally integrate into social contexts.

 

The e-glove uses thin, flexible electronic sensors and miniaturized silicon-based circuit chips on the commercially available nitrile glove. The e-glove is connected to a specially designed wristwatch, allowing for real-time display of sensory data and remote transmission to the user for post-data processing. For more information see the IDTechEx report on Flexible, Printed and Organic Electronics 2019-2029.

 

Learn more at the next leading event on the topic: Printed Electronics USA 2019 External Link on 20 – 21 Nov 2019 at Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, USA hosted by IDTechEx.