My mind is a collection of movie stills and references. I’m sometimes in shock when I drop a legit movie reference and the room goes silent. I know… I know
My circle of friends currently have a pool of movies a few of us have never seen. This specific night, we saw Johny Mnemonic. One of my favorite scenes is most definitely when he’s on the NET, interacting with the visor and the gloves.
Now this was 1995, and of course, today we have many implementations of these kinds of devices now. Back then it did leave me wondering of the types of devices the future could hold. The internet has definitely moved beyond its depiction in this classic, but what about the gloves? What kinds of gloves do we have today that are much more than hacking tools of the cyber future.
Of course, the internet never fails and I found gloves that do all kinds of things but one of my favorites has to be the Smart Glove by Neofect, which aims to help stroke survivors. Neofect is a company that aims in making rehabilitation devices.
This is because recovery from physical injuries can be a long task and require repetitive motions. Thus, the smart glove takes a unique approach, providing interactive games and tasks to aid in the recovery. How would that work? look below
I do feel a certain way about cutting that steak and then the bread? Shouldn’t this person change boards or at least use a separate container to store up his chopped goodies. But I digress. What I do like is that just like a video game, as you do better, the games will be a bit more challenging but will be in the scope of daily life, such as squeezing an orange and pouring some wine.
These games actually have a few benefits. For one, a patient can be a bit more entertained and physical therapists can actually monitor progress based on the input of the device. So it’s a bit easier to ensure the repeated exercises are getting done, which is a thing. I constantly have to check in on a buddy to make sure he’s being good with his rehab and doing the work. Also, pretty sneaky using games Neofect =)
Choosing another pair of amazing gloves was pretty tough. But I went with Sign-IO, which lines up with some of the things I’m stating to realize with software engineering. Roy Allela designed a mobile app and a pair of gloves to help him with sign language. As his story goes, Roy and his family found difficulty speaking sign language with his niece, who was born deaf. A consistent issue they had was the need to have a translator to have conversations with her. Thus, Engineering.
How does it work? While wearing the glove, the Signs or letters are sent to an app on the user’s phone where to be translated and then the app will speak. Some customization options are being able to set the language, gender, and how the voice sounds when translating. These all seem like great options but Sign-IO also factored in an edge case. Much like spoken word, people will sign at different speeds which the app also considers when translating. This spoke a bit more to me, since it’s something based on the experience and the data collected in making this app and seeking to make it better.
In closing, there’s plenty more implementations of gloves and related tech. But there’s also more possibilities for creating your own and if you do send me a link, because I’m already a fan.
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