Does My BOT Look Big in This? Soon We’ll Be Wearing Soft Robotic Pants
Publication/Creation DateFebruary 24 2015
Description"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 (http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/newsevents/news/prosthetichands/) 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. (http://www.brl.ac.uk/researchthemes/softrobotics.aspx) 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."
Date archivedMarch 2 2015
Last editedMay 24 2018