Monday 9 December 2019
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Happaratus- A Power Glove to Sculpt Hard Materials

Happaratus- A Power Glove to Sculpt Hard Materials

Now sculpting hard materials by hand will become an easier job, thanks to a “power glove” designed by Morten Grønning Nielsen, who is a graduate from the Royal College of Art. Happaratus, as the glove is called, can be used to sculpt hard materials like wood and stone by hand. This will make it possible to use the abilities of hand as a sculpting tool.  How does it work? Let us have a look at this post to know more.

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Happaratus- The Power Glove

There are two sharp pads mounted on the tips of the glove’s index, thumb and middle fingers. The pads are powered by a hydraulic motor and move to and forth in opposite directions. This carves away parts of the material, as the wearer uses his/her fingers on it.

The pads can be made of different materials and available in various shapes. They can be interchanged, depending on the surface they are working on.

Grønning Nielsen said “You can make as many different bits as you want. I could have some that are really strong and aggressive for stone carving for example, or others that can be used for detailed furniture restoration. It’s really flexible, so you can get into all corners.”

A motor set on the back of the hand powers the movements, which is again connected to a gearbox near the fingers. There is a small knob on the side of the box which the users have to turn if they want to control the oscillation speed of the pads. The pads are attached to the motor with a wire.

If you want to build complicated shapes, this will be possible with the glove. You can also refurbish old objects or complete your 3D prints.

Grønning Nielsen has created a concrete lampshade and a wooden speaker stand with the gloves himself.

Other Digital Tools for Creative Industries

Recently, many types of digital tools have been developed, to be used specially for creative industries.  Imogen Heap, a musician had launched a glove last year which allowed musicians to change sounds using their hand gestures.

Another studio in Belgium called Unfold, developed a set of instruments that can measure real objects and shift the dimensions to a digital model in real time on screen.

It is to be seen how Happaratus will be received by the consumers when it becomes available in the market.

What do you think about the Happaratus power glove? Do you like the idea? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.


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