Electro-ribbon actuators and electro-origami robots

Today some of the Bristol team’s most exciting research into new artificial muscles (that could be used to power the next generation of assitive robotic clothing) was published in the world’s leading robotics journal, Science Robotics.

Electro-ribbon actuators are a new type of artificial muscle that are thin as paper, as powerful as human muscle, and can life more than 1,000 times their own weight! You can read all about them in the journal article, or even better, watch this YouTube video!

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.