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.
Dr Tim Helps’ The Right Trousers interview with Bot-Hive at Bot-Talks 2019 is now online! Watch it here:
Today the University of Bristol researchers on The Right Trousers project, Dr Tim Helps and Dr Majid Taghavi, attended Bot-Hive’s Bot-Talks event at Watershed to present The Right Trousers to SMEs and the general public. We had a great time!
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!