|Title of host publication||Wearable Robotics: Challenges and Trends|
|Subtitle of host publication||Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium on Wearable Robotics, WeRob2016, October 18-21, 2016, Segovia, Spain|
|Publisher or commissioning body||Springer|
|Number of pages||6|
|State||Published - 2017|
|Name||Biosystems & Biorobotics|
|Publisher||Springer International Publishing|
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 are 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.