Designing a Wearable Soft-Robotic Orthosis: A Body-Centered Approach

Rahel Flechtner, Katharina Lorenz, Gesche Joost

In: Proceedings of the Fourteenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction. International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI-2020) Future Bodies, Future Technologies February 9-12 Sydney OZ Australia Pages 863-875 ACM 2020.


Given an extension of the working life and the large number of musculoskeletal disorders associated with occupational activities, wearable assistive technology could help to enable workers to carry out their profession as long as possible and necessary. In this pictorial we describe our design process towards a wearable soft robotic orthosis and illustrate a ”body-centered” design approach that involves the human body throughout the different stages of the project and takes advantage of its abilities to specifically address the challenges in the development of wearable technology.

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German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz