New technology lends a robotic hand to patients in need of physical assistance

More than 1 million Americans require daily physical assistance to get dressed because of injury, disease and advanced age. To help address this need, a robot at Georgia Tech is successfully sliding hospital gowns on people's arms. The machine doesn't use its eyes as it pulls the cloth. Instead, it relies on the forces it feels as it guides the garment onto a person's hand, around the elbow and onto the shoulder.

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