Design Development Process for Clothing of Upper Limb Assistive Wearable Soft Robot

상지 보조 소프트로봇의 의복화를 위한 디자인 개발 프로세스

  • Hong, Yuhwa (Dept. of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design, Seoul National University) ;
  • Park, Juyeon (Dept. of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design, Seoul National University) ;
  • Nam, Yun Ja (Dept. of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design, Seoul National University) ;
  • Park, Daegeun (Advanced Robotics, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologi) ;
  • Cho, Kyu-Jin (Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engine, Seoul National University) ;
  • Kim, Youn Joo (Dept. of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design, Seoul National University)
  • Received : 2020.10.27
  • Accepted : 2021.01.29
  • Published : 2021.02.28


This study proposes a design process for an upper limb assistive wearable soft robot that will enable the development of a clothing product for an upper limb assistive soft robot. A soft robot made of a flexible and soft material that compensates for the shortcomings of existing upper limb muscle strength assistive devices is being developed. Consequently, a clothing process of the upper limb assistive soft robot is required to increase the possibility of wearing such a device. The design process of the upper limb auxiliary soft robot is presented as follows. User analysis and required performance deduction-Soft robot design-upper limb assistive wearable soft robot prototype design and production-evaluation. After designing the clothing according to the design process, the design was revised and supplemented repeatedly according to the results of the clothing evaluation. In the post-production evaluation stage, the first and second prototypes were attached to actual subjects, and the second prototype showed better results. The developed soft robot evaluated if the functionality as a clothing function and the functionality as the utility of the device were harmonized. The convergence study utilized a process of reducing friction conducted through an understanding and cooperation between research fields. The results of this study can be used as basic data to establish the direction of prototype development in fusion research.


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