Francois Barthelat, a scientist at McGill University in Montreal, presented a new idea for protective gloves. The inspiration for them is nature, or rather, the scales covering the body of the fish.
Nature always has the best ideas, so scientists who design different types of technology often find it hard to use in their products. That’s what Francois Barthelat, a scientist at the McGill University of Canada, has done, and has presented a new concept for protective work gloves.
Five-year research conducted on fish scales, and in particular on shark species of demersal fish classified as transitional, have resulted in the idea of a new type of protection for the palm. Researchers have found that collagen-enhanced collagen is one of the hardest materials known to mankind, and smaller scales are even stronger than the larger size.
Thanks to computer modeling technologies, they have been able to determine their optimum size, shape and placement needed to create durable gloves that not only protect your hands from injury but are also flexible. As a result, a protective layer is created, which is much more resistant to piercing than the elastomer gloves used to date.
In the near future, the new invention will create even more useful protective gloves, providing a higher level of protection while at the same time being convenient to use.