2010: The Year in Innovation

Thomas Hannich
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Lightweight Space Gloves

In 2007, Peter Homer won $200,000 in a NASA-sponsored contest for the design of these new space gloves, made by Flagsuit. The finger joints are made of Dacron polyester fabric, rather than metal, which allows for easier hand movement. Yet the gloves are strong enough to confine a pressurized latex bladder, which is necessary to prevent the glove from ballooning in space. In November, added a protective layer made of leather and Kevlar. Yes, he won another prize for that. Read more.