The Right Trousers @ TAROS 2018

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.

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.