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Cambridge simulation gloves

These gloves reduce the functional ability of the hands. Plastic strips limit the strength and range of motion of each finger and the thumb. Various conditions, such as arthritis, can cause reductions in these functional abilities. As an example, these gloves will make it much more difficult to use a knife and fork, which correctly simulates the difficulties that people with arthritis of the knuckles have in gripping small handles.

Other common effects not simulated by the gloves include pain, tremor, loss of tactile sensitivity, and changes to the shape of the hand that occur with ageing. Furthermore, they do not simulate any problems with the wrists. As an example, using a touchscreen keyboard on a mobile phone remains relatively easy with the gloves, but is particularly difficult for people with tremor. These gloves are intended to supplement other evaluation tools (described within the How to design inclusively section).

Wearing these gloves helps to better empathise with those who have reduced dexterity, and to understand how dexterity loss can affect the ability to interact with a product. Products that remain comfortable to use with these gloves are likely to be more comfortable for a broad range of users.

Price: A pair of gloves costs 155, which includes first-class UK delivery and VAT. Postage costs vary for other delivery destinations. A 10% discount is available for orders that total 5+ pairs of gloves. Please contact for details.

Purchase small pack of Cambridge Simulation Gloves

Simulation gloves - Small size. Contains 1 pair of small gloves, which are suitable for females with small hands.

Purchase large pack of Cambridge Simulation Gloves

Simulation gloves - Large size. Contains 1 pair of large gloves, which are suitable for most adult hands.

The front of the gloves packaging, showing someone wearing the gloves while using a mobile phone.

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Cambridge simulation glasses

Wearable glasses that reduce visual ability.

Impairment simulator software

Enables you to experience the effects of different impairments on a sample set of audio clips and images, or an image that you have uploaded.


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