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.
We’re thrilled to announce that a £1.5m 3-year follow-on project, continuing on the work undertaken during The Right Trousers, has been funded.
The FREEHAB project will build on the discoveries from The Right Trousers project, starting to translate some of the developed technology from laboratory towards a clinical setting, where it can help physiotherapists and patients.
Full grant details for the FREEHAB project can be found here: https://gow.epsrc.ukri.org/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/S026096/1
Today some of the Bristol team’s most exciting research into new artificial muscles (that could be used to power the next generation of assitive robotic clothing) was published in the world’s leading robotics journal, Science Robotics.
Electro-ribbon actuators are a new type of artificial muscle that are thin as paper, as powerful as human muscle, and can life more than 1,000 times their own weight! You can read all about them in the journal article, or even better, watch this YouTube video!
Yesterday, The Right Trousers enjoyed a visit from The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy! We are always happy to meet key policy makers and talk to them about Soft Robotics and Assistive Robotic Clothing.
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