According to a recent article, “Exoskeletons, wearable sensors, artificial intelligence, computer vision, virtual and augmented reality, and data analytics: These emerging technologies are changing the way safety professionals approach ergonomics.” Below are a few examples.
1. Exoskeletons and Exosuits
ASTM International Committee defines both: an exoskeleton is a “wearable device that augments, enables, assists and/or enhances motion, posture or physical activity through mechanical interaction with the body.” There are two types, active and passive exoskeletons. Exosuits are similar but have primarily soft and/or elastic structures.
2. Wearable Sensor Technology
Wearable sensors track movement, provide feedback to users, and create a dashboard for managers to help safety professionals understand the kinematics, postures and movements of employees wearing these sensors.
3. Computer Vision
Computer vision is a field of artificial intelligence that enables computers and systems to derive meaningful information from digital images, videos, and other visual inputs, and make adjustments accordingly. Computer vision can help automate or semi-automate ergonomic risk assessments.
The article based on the workshop contains other emerging trends to consider as part of your safety program and/or ergonomic program. Emerging Technologies in Ergonomics
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