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>> Balloons inside our structures inflate.>> What you're looking at is a rough simulation of a knee joint. And these balloons are working like muscles. They're an early prototype for a pair of futuristic robots pants designed to revolutionize the lives of people with limited mobility.>> What do you think?
>> The robots pants act as an extra set of leg muscles. When the balloons inflate they simulate muscle contraction, changing the angle of the joint and helping to push the wearer up into a standing position. Slimmed down in the near future, they could bring a whole new meaning to the phrase power stance.
Creating these magic pants has not come cheap. But three years and more than $3 million later scientists at the Right Trousers project believe they've come up with a design that could take people out of the care system.>> Without these technologies people who are stuck sitting in their living rooms in their chairs may not be able to get up, may not be able to move around.
And that point in their lives they will transition into a care setting and that's very, very expensive. And, of course, it reduces their mobility and also their cognitive abilities as slowly they start to feel less comfortable moving around.>> The team at England's Bristol University hopes to have the real Right Trousers on shelves within seven years.