The soft, wearable rehabilitative devices being developed by the FREEHAB project will offer support and comfort to people with mobility issues.
The FREEHAB project is an evolution of University of Bristol Professor of Robotics Jonathan Rossiter’s Right Trousers project, which developed soft material that could function as artificial muscles. Building on that experience, the team aims to create a new range of wearables made from new materials, such as strong, soft shape-changing pneumatic chains and a 3D-printed electroactive gel. According to the team, the soft, therapeutic wearables will increase the physiotherapist’s efficiency during treatment, while simpler versions could be used by the patient on their own.
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