Development of wearable mechatronic systems

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The development process of wearable mechatronic systems

Wearable mechatronic systems, such as active exoskeletons and prostheses, are complex, highly integrated systems with strict requirements on weight and size, which often prohibits the use of conventional mechatronic component. At the same time, their shape and mechanical interfaces must be adapted to the complex geometry of the human body, which requires suitable methods for an agile and iterative development process.

Due to the combination of competences and many years of experience in the fields of orthopaedics and engineering, the Biomechatronic Systems department has been successfully dealing with these topics for several years. Through diverse, in-house manufacturing capabilities of mechanical and electronic components as well as the use of appropriate methods and tools, such as generative manufacturing and rapid control prototyping, we can agilely create functional prototypes from technical concepts.


Our Offer:

We are happy to support you in the development of functional demonstrators of wearable mechatronic systems with regard to:

  • System conception, incl. early simulation-based concept evaluation
  • Dimensioning, design and manufacturing of mechanical components
  • Sensor concept development, incl. development of the evaluation electronics if necessary
  • System integration (mechanics, actuators, sensors, electronics, power supply)
  • Design and implementation of software and control algorithms
  • Commissioning and execution of functional tests

Reference projects


BMBF Project – ExoHaptik

Development of a haptic output device in the form of an exoskeleton, which can provide caregivers with a realistic feeling of strain and thus be used as a training device.


BMBF Project – ExoPflege

A user-friendly, actively powered and anthropomorphic exoskeleton demonstrator is to be developed for the high-stress nursing environment and optimized and evaluated in the hospital setting.


BMBF Project - Aktive-Geh-Interaktion

Development of an active walking orthosis to enable people to stand up, walk and sit down.



Lightweight active exoskeleton based on microhydraulic actuators to assist construction workers.



Study on the use of exoskeletons in Bundeswehr logistics.