Does My BOT Look Big in This? Soon We’ll Be Wearing Soft Robotic Pants

Publication Title
Publication/Creation Date
February 24 2015
Victoria Turk (contributor)
Jonathan Rossiter (creator)
University Of Bristol (creator)
Persuasive Intent
"It’s like an extreme version of wearable tech: wearable robotics. But it’s not just for playing Transformers; robotic clothing could give the disabled or elderly greater mobility, perhaps even offering an alternative to a wheelchair—starting with a pair of pants. Today, the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council announced funding ( for three research projects in healthcare tech, one of which aims to create a pair of “smart trousers” that could help people live more independently. The project, which was awarded £2 million, is being led by Jonathan Rossiter of the University of Bristol’s robotics laboratory. ( He said they hope to create different wearable devices, such as a shirt, but are starting with the lower body, where they aim to help people move in ways they couldn’t before."
HCI Platform
Location on Body
Knee, Leg, Thigh

Related Collections
Exoskeleton Project
Date archived
March 2 2015
Last edited
May 24 2018
How to cite this entry
Jonathan Rossiter, University Of Bristol. (February 24 2015). "Does My BOT Look Big in This? Soon We’ll Be Wearing Soft Robotic Pants". Motherboard. Motherboard. Fabric of Digital Life.