This paper presents a solution that integrates a smart textiles system with virtual reality to assess the design of workstations from an ergonomics point of view. By using the system, ergonomists, designers, engineers, and operators, can test design proposals of workstations in an immersive virtual environment while they see their ergonomics evaluation results displayed in real-time. The system allows its users to evaluate the ergonomics of the workplace in a pre-production phase. The workstation design can be modified, enabling workstation designers to better understand, test and evaluate how to create successful workstation designs, eventually to be used by the operators in production. This approach uses motion capture together with virtual reality and is aimed to complement and integrate with the use of digital human modelling (DHM) software at virtual stages of the production development process.
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