Effects of extra vehicular activity (EVA) gloves on dexterity and tactility

Ram R. Bishu, Glenn Klute, Byungjoon Kim

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Human capabilities such as dexterity, manipulability, and tactile perception are unique and render the hand as a very versatile, effective and a multipurpose tool. This is especially true for unknown microgravity environments such as the EVA environment. Facilitation of these activities, with simultaneous protection from the cruel EVA environment are the two, often conflicting, objectives of glove design. The objective of this study was to assess the effects of EVA gloves at different pressures on humanhand capabilities, A factorial experiment was performed in which three types of EVA gloves were tested at five pressure differentials. The independent variables tested in this experiment wee gender, glove type, pressure differential, and glove make. Six subjects participated in an experiment where a number of dexterity measures, namely time to tie a rope, and the time to assemble a nut and bolt were recorded. Tactility was measured through a two point discrimination test.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)826-830
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
StatePublished - 1993
EventProceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society - Seattle, WA, USA
Duration: Oct 11 1993Oct 15 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics


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