Dr Tim Helps from the University of Bristol team presented the team’s research on Easy Undressing with Soft Robotics at the Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems (TAROS) conference in Bristol!
This research describes how Soft Robotics can be used to make clothing easy to put on and take off. Some our target users, for example people who have had strokes, have dexterity impairments, which can make getting dressed and undressed more difficult. For The Right Trousers of the future to be a success, they will have to address this challenge directly!
We’re especially excited because Tim’s presentation was awarded The Institution of Engineering and Technology Prize for Innovation in Robotics!
The academic paper relating to Tim’s presentation is available here.
The Bristol team have developed new artificial muscles which will be included in The Right Trousers to help people walk, climb stairs, and stand up! These new Bubble Artificial Muscles are thin, light, and super strong, making them perfect for inclusion in wearable robotic clothing.
The first paper on Bubble Artificial Muscles is now available online – read it here!
The Right Trousers project officially finished on the 30th June 2018. After three years of interviews and research, we have advanced science and developed technology to address the challenges faced by older adults and people living with disabilities.
You can find a list of our publications over on the Publications page, many of which are published Open Access so you can directly read about the work we’ve been doing.
While the project is officially over, our work on The Right Trousers is not! We’ll continue to publish research related to the project over the next few months. We are also planning to present The Right Trousers project at the British Science Festival!
Finally, we will be applying for follow-on funding for future projects relating to The Right Trousers, including projects related to joint pain relief and upper limb rehabilitation and assistance.
To wrap up, here’s our vision for Wearable Soft Robotics for Independent Living: combining all the technology we have developed into The Right Trousers of the future!