Are you interested in finding out more about soft robotics and wearable technology? Join in with this brand new meetup: Smart Textiles and Robotics!
By their nature soft robotics and wearable technology have many things in common. Both offer the opportunity for close contact with humans, in a naturalistic way -- wearable technology based on fabrics is closer to ordinary clothing, while soft robotics promise safety for ever closer human-robot interaction.
However, from a robotic engineering standpoint, both also suffer from challenges in design, modelling and control. The materials and methods used in fabrication do not lend themselves well to traditional engineering approaches of signal processing or system identification due to high noise levels, unpredictable deformations and imprecise knowledge of the physical parameters.
To start to address these challenges, the Robot Learning Lab at King's has been looking into the how to measure and understand human behaviour through the medium of textile-based sensors, in combination with statistical learning approaches. Dr. Matthew Howard will give an overview of our activities in this area, from our initial experiences working with textile craftspeople, to our latest activities bringing low-cost prosthetics to the developing world.
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