The Right Trousers @ ICRA 2018

The Right Trousers was at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) conference in Brisbane!

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 become warm and soft, which could allow the user to relax their foot for a rest, or adjust the fit of their prosthetic socket to make it more comfortable!

We’ve published a paper on this technology in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters. The paper is published Open Access so everyone can read it for free! Read it here.

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The Right Trousers @ RoboSoft 2018

Richard Diteesawat from the University of Bristol team presented the team’s research on Bubble Artificial Muscles at the RoboSoft conference in Livorno, Italy! Well done Richard!

Bubble Artificial Muscles are a new type of pneumatic actuator that are thin, light, and super strong!

Tim Helps’ 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!

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 to detect your posture, allowing them to improve your stability, prevent falls, and predict your movements more accurately!

The paper has been published Open Access so is available to read for all! Read it here!

The Right Trousers @ EAPAD 2018

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 when a voltage is applied to them.

By stacking layers of electroactive jelly on top of one another, the team can make artificial muscles which are soft and squishy, perfect for inclusion in wearable robotic clothing where motors and pistons can’t be used.

The paper relating to this research is available here.

Majid Taghavi’s paper on 3D-Printed Variable-Stiffness Structures is now available online

We’re pleased to announce that 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 stiff to being soft and flexible. Some of our target users, such as older adults, can get tired when they have to stand up for a long time (for example while doing the washing up). With these new materials, The Right Trousers can stiffen up to provide support to the user when needed, and become soft and flexible when the user needs to walk around or sit down!

The paper has been published Open Access so it’s freely available for reading by anyone! Read it here!

Another focus group

Today 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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