The Right Trousers @ EAPAD 2018

Dr Tim Helps from the University of Bristol team was at the Electroactive Polymers and Devices (EAPAD) conference presenting the team’s research on Electroactive Gel artificial muscles.

These muscles are made from a special kind of jelly which exhibits fascinating anodophilic behaviour. This means they “love” the anode (positive electrode), and crawl towards it when a voltage is applied to them.

By stacking layers of electroactive jelly on top of one another, the team can make artificial muscles which are soft and squishy, perfect for inclusion in wearable robotic clothing where motors and pistons can’t be used.

The paper relating to this research is available here.

Published by The Right Trousers

The Wearable Soft Robotics for Independent Living project is an £2 m ESPRC funded initiative spanning 7 universities. The aim of the project is to develop wearable soft robotic technologies which exhibit sophisticated sensing, actuation and control and can be fabricated into soft robotic clothing which will help disabled and older people move around easily and unaided. The soft robotic clothing will 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.