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.