The Right Trousers at the UCL Qualitative Health Research Symposium 2017

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Our amazing Research Fellow, Sarah Manns, presented a poster about the project at the UCL Qualitative Health Research Symposium 2017! The poster was extremely well received with lots of interest, and Sarah became known as Robot Trouser Lady at the symposium!

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Another focus group

On 27th May we had our third focus group, again with several individuals with limited mobility who very kindly provided their time and personal experience. Once again their unique insights into the requirements for wearable assistive technology were fantastic!

Our local artist Bethan Mure hit the ball out of the park, taking visual notes on the fly over the course of the discussion.

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Ink jet printing of nano materials

As part of the fabrication and nano materials theme of the Right Trousers project we will be using the Toucan 6-head ink jet printing system at the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Additive Manufacturing, based at Nottingham.  The Toucan is capable of printing a up to six different functional materials (including materials for circuit tracks, electronic components and active structures) in one go.  For more information on the Toucan system see the Centre’s lab page.

Here are a couple of pictures of the jetting system:IMG_6299_aIMG_6303a(c) www.3dp-research.com

 

The Right Trousers!

The Right Trousers is an EPSRC funded research project which aims to develop new soft robotic technologies that will help older people and people with disabilities to live more independently and with greater quality of life. It is a collaboration between six UK research institutes.

The soft robotic technology could 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.

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Focus Group – individuals who have had strokes

On 14 April we held our first user focus group during which eight individuals who have had strokes came to the Bristol Robotics Laboratory.  The group were incredibly generous with their time and their constructive comments.  We had a really great afternoon of discussions and brain storming and came away with a greater perspective on this important potential user group.

During the focus group Bethan Mure, a local artist, took visual notes in the form of cartoons to help us form our thoughts and to remember the key points of discussion.  Bethan’s work was superb – you can see the results below – and really captured the spirit and range of discussions.

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Gadget Show Live!

The Right Trousers project exhibited at the 2016 Gadget Show Live between 30 March and 3 April.  We demonstrated the potential of soft robotics to help with assistance and rehabilitation.  There were over 100,000 visitors (!) and we estimate that we talked to over 4,000 of them!

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