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Prosthetic Yachting Gloves  
  Robotic gloves for sailors.  

I spent many enjoyable hours sailing small boats, and can still tie a few handy knots. Consider what is needed for a pair of gloves to tie knots.

Glory shook my hand. Then, with a stately flourish, he opened his duffelbag and produced a pair of prosthetic yachting gloves.

I should have had the good sense to throw him off my ship at once. But I’d never seen such handsome robotic interfaces — manipulators so mathematically optimized, with such widely variable mechanical impedances.

Once we cast off from Beirut — our destination Cyprus — we found that Glory’s deft robotic gloves could tie sailors’ knots, pull lanyards, even gut and scale fish.

Technovelgy from Mare Nostrum, by Bruce Sterling.
Published by Delos in 2022
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Compare to the karatand, gloves from Stand on Zanzibar (1968) by John Brunner.

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