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Affective Touch and Low Power Artificial Muscles for Rehabilitative and Assistive Wearable Soft Robotics

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWearable Robotics: Challenges and Trends
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2nd International Symposium on Wearable Robotics, WeRob2016, October 18-21, 2016, Segovia, Spain
Publisher or commissioning bodySpringer
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9783319465326
ISBN (Print)9783319465319
StatePublished - 2017

Publication series

NameBiosystems & Biorobotics
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
ISSN (Print)2195-3562


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.



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