At first glance the Rapael smart glove looks like one of the robot skeletons from the television show “Westworld.” Created by the South Korean company Neofect, the glove uses a variety of sensors to guide a patient’s rehabilitation for common hand and wrist injuries.

Seeing the Rapael glove in-person at CES, I had flashbacks to the NES Power Glove. The Rapael with its nine-axis movement sensor, bending sensors and 32-bit microcontrollers is more advanced in nearly every way. But the Rapael, as the Power Glove did, radiates a spirit of fun and gameplay. In fact, gamified exercises are essential to how the glove works.

 

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