The Right Trousers is an EPSRC funded research project which aims to develop new soft robotic technologies that will help older people and people with disabilities to live more independently and with greater quality of life. It is a collaboration between six UK research institutes.
The soft robotic technology could help vulnerable people avoid falls by supporting them whilst walking, give people added bionic strength to move between sitting and standing positions and help people climb stairs.
The Right Trousers’ great press run continues: this time it’s CBS News USA!
The leader of our User Studies team at the University of the West of England has written the final newsletter for our users: The Right Trousers: Final Newsletter
As the newsletter says, this doesn’t mean our work on Wearable Soft Robotics is over! We’ll be applying for follow-on funding for new projects, pursuing clinical trials with our current devices, and we also hope to find a company or corporate sponsor that can move this technology from the lab to the wider world! Watch this space!
More great press for The Right Trousers project! A brilliant video featured on BBC News Technology and BBC Click:
BBC News (27th Sept 2018)
The hi-tech trousers inspired by Wallace and Gromit
BBC Click (26th Sept 2018)
Wallace and Gromit inspire smart trousers
Wow! The Right Trousers project is at the top of the front page on BBC News Science & Environment! Read the article here!
Yesterday, Jonathan Rossiter, Tim Helps, Majid Taghavi and Richard Diteesawat from Bristol, Aaron Page from Southampton and Pouyan Mehryar from Leeds travelled to The British Science Festival in Hull to hold a press conference to present the completed Right Trousers project to the press!
We’re thrilled to have been featured in full articles from The Financial Times, The i, The Mail Online, The Guardian, The Metro, The Telegraph, The Times and many more!
Cracking contraption, Gromit! ‘Right trousers’ project under way
(also published on ITV News)
The Financial Times
UK engineering project uses robotic technology and artificial muscles to restore mobility
Smart trousers that help you walk could be just seven years away
Irish Tech News
Smart trousers with artificial ‘muscles’ will change the lives of people with mobility problems
The Mail Online
‘The right trousers’: Scientists are developing high-tech trues that lower themselves and even help disabled people to walk
The Sunderland Echo
Engineers developing smart trousers to help older people walk – taking inspiration from Wallace and Gromit
‘The right trousers’: Wallace and Gromit inspire artificial muscle clothing
Scientists building real-life version of Wallace and Gromit’s ‘Wrong Trousers’
The Daily Telegraph
Robo-trousers to give elderly bionic strength designed by British scientists
Scientists make huge strides with smart trousers
Tim Helps from the University of Bristol team presented the team’s research on Easy Undressing with Soft Robotics at the Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems (TAROS) conference in Bristol!
This research describes how Soft Robotics can be used to make clothing easy to put on and take off. Some our target users, for example people who have had strokes, have dexterity impairments, which can make getting dressed and undressed more difficult. For The Right Trousers of the future to be a success, they will have to address this challenge directly!
We’re especially excited because Tim’s presentation was awarded The Institution of Engineering and Technology Prize for Innovation in Robotics!
The academic paper relating to Tim’s presentation is available here.
The Bristol team have developed new artificial muscles which will be included in The Right Trousers to help people walk, climb stairs, and stand up! These new Bubble Artificial Muscles are thin, light, and super strong, making them perfect for inclusion in wearable robotic clothing.
The first paper on Bubble Artificial Muscles is now available online – read it here!