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Easy undressing with soft robotics

Helps, Tim; Taghavi, Majid; Manns, Sarah; Turton, Ailie; Rossiter, Jonathan

Authors

Tim Helps

Majid Taghavi

Ailie Turton Ailie.Turton@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

Jonathan Rossiter

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.

Journal Article Type Article
Start Date Jul 1, 2018
Publication Date Jul 21, 2018
Journal Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Print ISSN 0302-9743
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 10965
Pages 79-90
ISBN 9783319967271
Institution Citation Helps, T., Taghavi, M., Manns, S., Turton, A., & Rossiter, J. (2018). Easy undressing with soft robotics. Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, 10965, 79-90. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-96728-8_7
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-96728-8_7
Keywords healthcare, adaptive clothing, soft robotics, wearable robotics
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-96728-8_7
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : TAROS 2018: Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems