The Right Trousers in the press

Yesterday, Prof. Jonathan Rossiter, Dr Tim Helps, Dr Majid Taghavi and Richard Diteesawat from Bristol, Aaron Page from Southampton and Dr Pouyan Mehryar from Leeds travelled to The British Science Festival in Hull to hold a press conference to present the completed Right Trousers project to the press! We’re thrilled to have been featured inContinue reading “The Right Trousers in the press”

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 peopleContinue reading “The Right Trousers @ TAROS 2018”

The first paper on Bubble Artificial Muscles is now available online

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 availableContinue reading “The first paper on Bubble Artificial Muscles is now available online”

What’s next for The Right Trousers?

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 areContinue reading “What’s next for The Right Trousers?”

TrousersFest @ Bristol Robotics Laboratory

Today we hosted TrousersFest at Bristol Robotics Laboratory! At TrousersFest, we invited fellow academics, our funders and our focus groups back to the lab to show them what we have achieved during The Right Trousers Project. We were especially happy to welcome back many of the guests who kindly gave their time and advice duringContinue reading “TrousersFest @ Bristol Robotics Laboratory”

The Right Trousers @ ICRA 2018

The Right Trousers was at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) conference in Brisbane! Dr Tim Helps presented research on 3D-printed variable-stiffness structures. These 3D-printed devices could be used in orthotics that treat foot drop, a condition that makes walking more difficult, or in adaptive sockets for prosthetics. By applying electricity, they becomeContinue reading “The Right Trousers @ ICRA 2018”

Research Paper on Proprioceptive Artificial Muscles is now available online

We’re happy to announce that The Right Trousers is now published in the highest impact factor robotics journal in the world, Soft Robotics! Dr Tim Helps’ paper describes how artificial muscles can be made to be proprioceptive (self-sensing) by driving them using conductive working fluids. This could allow The Right Trousers of the future toContinue reading “Research Paper on Proprioceptive Artificial Muscles is now available online”

The Right Trousers @ EAPAD 2018

Dr Tim Helps from the University of Bristol team was at the Electroactive Polymers and Devices (EAPAD) conference presenting the team’s research on Electroactive Gel artificial muscles. These muscles are made from a special kind of jelly which exhibits fascinating anodophilic behaviour. This means they “love” the anode (positive electrode), and crawl towards it whenContinue reading “The Right Trousers @ EAPAD 2018”

Research Paper on 3D-Printed Variable-Stiffness Structures is now available online

We’re pleased to announce that Dr Majid Taghavi and the University of Bristol team’s paper on 3D-printable variable stiffness structures has been published in the journal IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters! These new materials can be 3D-printed into any shape, and by applying electricity to them they can be transitioned from being strong and stiffContinue reading “Research Paper on 3D-Printed Variable-Stiffness Structures is now available online”