Meetup 2
10:00 - 11:00
The Human Touch
State of Exoskeletons - VDEI e.V. Get-Together

Short thesis

Inaugural get-together of the Association of the Exoskeleton Industry (VDEI), including the panel discussion “Human Touch: Exoskeletons and the next phase of bionics” @ B-Part Am Gleisdreieck, May 8, starting 12:30pm.

The VDEI represents all stakeholders in the exoskeleton industry worldwide. It outlines and represents the interests, perspectives and concerns of its members towards politics, government and the public while simultaneously promoting the acceptance and uptake of the technology.


Organized by the Association of the Exoskeleton Industry (VDEI) on the occasion of its inaugural get-together is the panel discussion “Human Touch: Exoskeletons and the next phase of bionics”. It will be held at B-Part Am Gleisdreieck, 12:30pm, May 8.

Science fiction fans have been aware of exoskeletons since 1986 – when Ripley, wearing a robotic suit tosses the alien queen into space in J. Cameron’s Hollywood blockbuster Aliens. Now, a few years on, such systems connected to the body have become a reality – albeit with a different primary focus than that of Ripley’s.

Today, exoskeletons – which are also known as power suits or ‘wearable robotics’ – are developed for three main application scenarios: In medicine, where they have already gained a commercial foothold in rehabilitation. In military operations, where they are intended to make soldiers more efficient in the combat field. And a third application scenario where experts currently see the greatest potential for their use: in areas where human labor cannot be meaningfully replaced by full automation or robotic systems, including work processes in industrial production or other physically demanding work environments such as in construction, logistics and healthcare work.

In a further step, exoskeletons are now embarking towards the next phase of bionics. With the connection to the cloud, it will be possible to exploit IoT applications to change the future impact exoskeletons will have on everyday life. The pursuit of highly specialized research can be taken to an entirely new level by applying the sensory data from exoskeletons in actual use. This lays the foundation for machine learning and future AI capabilities.

What are the implications that exoskeletons will have of the future of work, personal health and everyday life? And who will benefit most? Join a panel of experts as they explore these and other issues arising through the anticipated sharp proliferation of exoskeletons in the near future.