Easy Undressing with Soft Robotics

Tim Helps, Majid Taghavi, Sarah Manns, Ailie J. Turton, Jonathan Rossiter

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Abstract

Dexterity impairments affect many people worldwide, limiting their ability to easily perform daily tasks and to be independent. Difficulty getting dressed and undressed is commonly reported. Some research has been performed on robot-assisted dressing, where an external device helps the user put on and take off clothes. However, no wearable robotic technology or robotic assistive clothing has yet been proposed that actively helps the user dress. In this article, we introduce the concept of Smart Adaptive Clothing, which uses Soft Robotic technology to assist the user in dressing and undressing. We discuss how Soft Robotic technologies can be applied to Smart Adaptive Clothing and present a proof of concept study of a Pneumatic Smart Adaptive Belt. The belt weighs only 68 g, can expand by up to 14% in less than 6 s, and is demonstrated aiding undressing on a mannequin, achieving an extremely low undressing time of 1.7 s.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTowards Autonomous Robotic Systems
Subtitle of host publication19th Annual Conference, TAROS 2018, Bristol, UK July 25-27, 2018, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Chapter7
Pages79-90
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9783319967288
ISBN (Print)9783319967271
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jul 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
Volume10965
ISSN (Print)0302-9743

Keywords

  • Healthcare
  • Adaptive Clothing
  • Soft Robotics
  • Wearable Robotics

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