Pamela M Hampton Former county sheriff celebrates 80th birthday Missing Adams County man is found Lady Hounds fall to Whiteoak in slugfest Calvert’s walk-off gives Hounds 9-8 win over Whiteoak Charles A Benjamin Give My Regards to Broadway Joyce Berry Joe L Easter William E Foster Margaret Belcher John M Cheatham Ronnie Simpson Under new management county hospital is thriving against all odds Historic fairground gazebo demolished One year later, still no arrests in Rhoden family murders There will be trouble in River City! Monna L Fitzgerald Jesse Carrington Janice M Sowards Rhoden family members make plea for tips in Pike Co murders of loved ones Quilting – the art that’s no longer just for Grandma Young is Adams County recipient of Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award Wenstrup recognized as Community Health Advocate Ready, set, go! 25th annual Egg Hunt draws hundreds Applicants needed for Adams County Fair Queen Humane Society encourages responsible animal ownership ACCS holds annual Science Fair Peebles Elementary names March Students of the Month Pierce fires perfect game as Peebles blanks West Union Hunters preparing for 2017 Wild Turkey Season Lady Hounds fall 12-3 at Lynchburg Dragons lose early lead, drop SHAC match up with Fayetteville, 13-6 Senior Profile: Isaiah Anderson Devils roll to big SHAC win at Ripley Despite soggy night, WUHS hosts annual Invitational Meet Celebrities for a night George F Carr Jr Teresa S Hoskins Mary B McClure Richard B Collins Randall D Fetters Former Manchester officer indicted on five counts WUHS student wins state Beta Club Secretary’s seat OVCTC students part of state competition S.R. 73 closed for culvert replacement Peebles Lions Club holds first Easter Egg Hunt Weyrich graduates with honors from Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics North Adams Elementary releases Honor Roll for Third grading Period Scholarships available from Jefferson Alumni Olympic athlete speaks at April 6 SAAM event Venture Hawks end their basketball season with a victory at WUHS Devils baseball sweeps doubleheader from Northwest Greyhounds gain SHAC split, split twinbill with East England signs with Rio Grande golf Pierce fans 16, Lady Indians blank Eastern Brown 4-0 Maybe somebody on the river does have a plan Senior Profile: Ryan Dryden Enjoying the view Still a time for celebration Carl R Brown Lena R Staggs Adams County Crews Schedule Culvert Replacement Projects Merlan Shoemaker Dwayne E Thompson Help is on the line! West Union Elementary honors February Students of the Month WUHS hosts 2017 All-County Arts and Music Festival Ohio Brush Creek Canoe/Kayak Access Grand Opening set for April 20 Kasich cracks down on opiate-based prescriptions West Union High School students have successful trip to State Beta Convention North Adams Beta Club excels at State Convention ACRMC hosts annual Health Fair Robert H Bushman Senior Profile: Skylar Newman Nine-run inning leads Lady Hounds to run rule win over West Union WUHS foursome breaks school record First county baseball battle goes to the Greyhounds On the road, Lady Indians pick up two more SHAC victories Senior Profile: Christa Williams One more ‘shining moment’ for SHAC seniors at C103 All-Star Game Esie M Chandler Phyllis Adkins Former Manchester police deputy faces Grand Jury Indictments Cornell tosses no-hitter, Fenton goes deep, Dragons open season with 11-0 SHAC win over Whiteoak New Verizon store opening in West Union Stephen R Palmer Dual culvert replacements for SR 73 Deana P Grooms Tim Phipps Marcella Walker Alvin R Mitchum Senior Profile: Chase Darnell SHAC hoopsters shine at District 14 All-Star Game Greyhounds run rule St. Pat, 15-0 Indians drop SHAC opener West Union hosts early JH Track Meet North Adams student wins state Beta Club President’s seat Anna B Copas Charles A Nelson

Browning gets hands-on look at NASA’s latest robotics

Kimberly Browning of Peebles, left, shows that even with all its advanced technology, the RoboGlove is still good for an old-fashioned high five.
Kimberly Browning of Peebles, left, shows that even with all its advanced technology, the RoboGlove is still good for an old-fashioned high five.

Wearable robots are designed to work with humans and improve performance –

By Patricia Beech –

NASA has given a whole other meaning to “lending a helping hand”.
Scientist and techs from the Johnson Space Center in Houston recently visited the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion plant in Piketon to present one of the latest advances in robotic technology, the RoboGlove. The glove is basically a wearable robot featuring an exo-muscular design that includes four sensors in the fingertips which can be fine-tuned to the individual user.
Kim Browning of Peebles, a RadCon Tech at the plant had the opportunity to try out the glove. “It was amazing,” Browning said. “As you grab something, the glove increases your grip strength, and when you want to release, you just relax your hand.”
The RoboGlove is designed not only to increase grip, but also to prevent arm fatigue and problems associated with repetitive motion such as carpal tunnel.
The robotic demonstrations were part of the Department of Energy’s “Science of Safety” workshops. During the event, Browning and other personnel at the Portsmouth plant partnered with expert roboticists and researchers from universities, private industry and non-profit research organizations. “It was a collaboration of science and health and safety personnel to work more effectively and get the job done safely, and in a timely manner,” said Browning.
The event included 12 demonstrations from participating universities, National Laboratories, other government agencies and industrial research organizations. Members of USW Local 689 participated in the demonstrations and provided extremely useful feedback to the developers.

Kimberly Browning of Peebles, right, is fitted with the NASA RoboGlove, as part of the “Science of Safety” workshops.
Kimberly Browning of Peebles, right, is fitted with the NASA RoboGlove, as part of the “Science of Safety” workshops.

In addition to the robotic glove, Browning and her co-workers got a close up inspection of “FirstLook” and “PackBot” robots. The FirstLook robots are designed for rugged use and can perform a visual inspection of an area and communicate with one another by radio. In unknown and potentially dangerous emergency situations, the FirstLook provides information from greater distances, thereby ensuring the safety of responding personnel. The PackBot, built by Endeavor Robotics senses chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive devices. It also provides HazMat detection and mapping, and has been battle-tested by the military.
Browning admits she had some reservations about meeting with the NASA techs. “We weren’t sure how well they’d communicate with us,” she said. “But, they listened to our ideas because they want to know how their products should be adapted to work in our situation at the Portsmouth plant.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

© The People's Defender - All rights reserved