Affective Touch and Low Power Artificial Muscles for Rehabilitative and Assistive Wearable Soft Robotics
The goal in wearable rehabilitation is to restore the lost functionality of the body by rebuilding the sensory-motor link. This may be achieved through a replication, in an artificial or robotic system, of the physiotherapy methods employed by human experts. These methods are typically focused on physical manipulation. We suggest that a lower reliance on manipulation, combined with affective touch stimulation, has the potential to provide effective rehabilitation in lower power and lighter wearable devices. Here we consider affective touch driven by soft actuation and how this may be combined with low power artificial muscle actuators for physical rehabilitation.
KeywordsTactile Stimulator Wearable Device Dielectric Elastomer Artificial Muscle Alloy Filament
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