What is wearable robot? - Definition from WhatIs.com
Part of the Robotics glossary:

A wearable robot is a machine that facilitates telepresence , a sophisticated form of interactive remote control. It allows a human operator to control a humanoid robot , also known as an android.

A wearable robot is designed after the shape and function of the human body. The control unit consists of a suit that the operator wears. This suit, which may be as simple as a headset and gloves or as complex as a medieval suit of armor wired up with electronic devices, makes it possible for the wearer to put the extensions of the suit (that is, the robotic devices) through human-like motions. Sights, sounds, and tactile effects sensed by the robot are imparted to the wearer by means of transducers. The robot may have many times the strength and speed of the person controlling it.

Wearable robots have been used in the military. They have also been used in exploratory scientific missions. Applications include working in conditions of extreme temperature or pressure, working where there are deadly levels of ionizing radiation, disarming mines, planting and setting bombs, and functioning as remotely controlled tanks, SCUBA divers, or infantry.

HAL (Hybrid Assisted Limb) is a wearable exoskeleton robot.

This was last updated in May 2008
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

Related Terms


  • point cloud

    - A point cloud is a collection of data points defined by a given coordinates system. In a 3D coordinates system, for example, a point cloud may define the shape of some real or created physical system. (WhatIs.com)

  • drone (unmanned aerial vehicle, UAV)

    - A drone, in a technological context, is an unmanned aircraft. More formally known as an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), a drone is, essentially, a flying robot. (IoT Agenda)

  • haptics

    - Haptics (pronounced HAP-tiks) is the science of applying touch (tactile) sensation and control to interaction with computer applications. (WhatIs.com)


  • Robotics

    - Terms related to robotics, including definitions about consumer or manufacturing robots and words and phrases about stepper motor systems, XY positioning tables, automation and artificial intellig...

  • Internet applications

    - This WhatIs.com glossary contains terms related to Internet applications, including definitions about Software as a Service (SaaS) delivery models and words and phrases about web sites, e-commerce ...

Ask a Question About wearable robotPowered by ITKnowledgeExchange.com

Get answers from your peers on your most technical challenges

Tech TalkComment



    Contribute to the conversation

    All fields are required. Comments will appear at the bottom of the article.