The Right Trousers @ ICRA 2018

The Right Trousers was at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) conference in Brisbane!

Dr Tim Helps presented research on 3D-printed variable-stiffness structures. These 3D-printed devices could be used in orthotics that treat foot drop, a condition that makes walking more difficult, or in adaptive sockets for prosthetics. By applying electricity, they become warm and soft, which could allow the user to relax their foot for a rest, or adjust the fit of their prosthetic socket to make it more comfortable!

We’ve published a paper on this technology in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters. The paper is published Open Access so everyone can read it for free! Read it 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.