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The FREEHAB project is a Bristol based collaboration between The University of the West of England and The University of Bristol and it is a continuation of The Right Trousers project. The project aims to develop and evaluate prototype wearable devices for use by clinical therapists in hospital and home settings, to improve analysis of movement, treatment planning and mobility training. It is envisaged that devices will be developed to suit different mobility tasks and therapeutic purposes. The devices will be developed for assessing and assisting walking, standing and sit to stand  movements. Different versions of the devices will be designed to assist therapists to carry out biomechanical analysis of patients’ performance to enable personalised training plans, and for the patients to practice their mobility tasks to achieve more effective rehabilitation.

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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.