A Wearable Spinal Support Device for Ergonomics


This project proposes an active, soft robotic Wearable Spinal Support Device (WSSD) to increase harvest efficiency in California strawberry production. The device reduces loading on the spine and back muscles while performing tasks that require frequent and prolonged bending. The sensor and actuator are optimized to apply appropriate supportive force during spinal flexion. This device demonstrates the potential for soft-robotic systems to provide ergonomic assistance to the human body

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Tara Hinds
Jamie Luong
James Lynch
Chih-Yen Lin

UC San Diego Graduate Program

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