Arthritis Simulation Gloves
The Arthritis Simulation Gloves, developed by researchers at Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), were designed to simulate the reduction in functional capabilities experienced by individuals with moderate to severe arthritis. Specifically, the gloves simulate common symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), including stiffness and reductions in grip strength, dexterity, range of motion, and tactile sensation.
With the Arthritis Simulation Gloves, it is possible to experience the frustrations associated with using consumer products from the perspective of an individual with arthritis of the hands. The wearer of the gloves will gain a better understanding of how arthritis affects an individual's ability to grasp, pinch, turn, lift, and twist objects. The gloves can be used with a variety of consumer products including medicine bottles, beverage containers, office supplies, diabetes testing devices, and many other consumer products.
Below are some ways in which the Arthritis Simulation Gloves can be used:
- To raise awareness about issues faced by people with disabilities
- To support programs focused on ease of use in design
- To assist in the early identification of ease of use issues during the design process
The gloves are available in a single, "one size fits most" size that accommodates most people, from small females to average males.
The Arthritis Simulation Gloves are sold by Intuitive Design Applied Research Institute (IDARI)
under license from Georgia Tech. To place an order please contact Dr. Brad Fain
go to the IDARI website: