Soft Wearable Robots: Development Status and Technical Challenges

Sensors (Basel). 2022 Oct 6;22(19):7584. doi: 10.3390/s22197584.


In recent years, more and more research has begun to focus on the flexible and lightweight design of wearable robots. During this process, many novel concepts and achievements have been continuously made and shown to the public, while new problems have emerged at the same time, which need to be solved. In this paper, we give an overview of the development status of soft wearable robots for human movement assistance. On the basis of a clear definition, we perform a system classification according to the target assisted joint and attempt to describe the overall prototype design level in related fields. Additionally, it is necessary to sort out the latest research progress of key technologies such as structure, actuation, control and evaluation, thereby analyzing the design ideas and basic characteristics of them. Finally, we discuss the possible application fields, and propose the main challenges of this valuable research direction.

Keywords: exosuit; human-robot interaction; power assistance; soft exoskeleton; wearable robot.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Humans
  • Movement
  • Robotics*
  • Wearable Electronic Devices*