Researchers are planning to develop “smart trousers” that can help elderly and disabled individuals in moving comfortably.
UK robotics experts formulated close-fitting “ smart trousers” that will employ artificial muscles to assist the mobility of frail elderly and disabled people, the Guardian reported.
Ultimately they could even replace stairlifts and wheelchairs, according to the University of Bristol team.
The “intelligent clothing” will use artificial muscles made from smart materials and reactive plastic-like molecules capable of exerting great forces.
Control systems will be incorporated that monitor the wearer and work with the body’s own muscles to provide assistance when needed.
The system could help vulnerable people avoid falls, provide the added strength needed to move between sitting and standing, and make it easier to climb stairs.