It is still a dream for most that pulling on a pair of robotic trousers might help the disabled to stand on their feet properly. However, a team of research under Bristol University’s Professor Jonathan Rossiter has come up with something which is a live savior for disabled people. The team has come up with a prototype of a robotic trousers which they expect to help disable person to walk again without any assistance.
It is true that with over 50 years of research on this particular area, such inventions have hardly made out of laboratory walls. Though this robotic trousers, which is called “Right Trousers” by many, creates movement with the help of soft artificial muscle. This trouser are also known to harness the wearer’s real muscle. As a result, this imitates the human muscles working mechanism. It comprises of multiple artificial muscles, these muscles helps to move a joint like knee and allows the user to stand or seat on a chair. As these artificial muscles are elastic and soft, so they are much safer than motors that are used traditionally which are uncomfortable and stiff.
The team of researchers have laid down various idea to shorten the artificial muscles and help the muscles to make movement. Among these one idea depends on the use of air muscles. These are balloons which will expand sideways and as a result shorten the length of artificial muscles as they fill air.
Another concept comprise of using electricity to shorten the length of the muscle, which is made out of a gel placed in between two copper plates.