Virtual Human Simulation

Virtuelle Menschmodelle
Foto: Bernd Müller, © Fraunhofer IAO


Virtual Human Simulation as a design tool for products and workspaces

p>Virtual reality simulations offer companies and institutions added value – products in development can be visualized, tested and improved before production begins.

At Fraunhofer IAO, we support our customers throughout the planning process: using interactive, real-time visualization, motion capturing and virtual human models, we can put products through their paces on the test bench and avoid costly development misadventures. To do this we employ state-of-the-art technology in development and test labs.

Virtual human models are ideal for

  • testing products and workstation systems for people of all shapes and sizes,
  • carrying out comfort, accessibility or visibility analyses, and
  • simulating different usage profiles and application cases – including barrier-free, age-appropriate housing, ergonomic vehicle interiors, and machine and systems operation.

Harnessing the interaction technology of virtual reality, Fraunhofer IAO delivers credible results – quickly, with no fuss and at competitive prices. What’s more, we provide support to our customers who want to apply virtual human simulation methods themselves. We can design and implement the right systems and processes for your company.

How ergonomic are your products or workstations? Let us find out for you!

Further information



Immersive Engineering Lab

The Immersive Engineering Lab is a modern working and presentation environment that allows immersive 3D displays for realistic, detailed, accurately rendered real-time visualization. Furthermore, the laboratory’s large media wall means it is ideally equipped for collaborative, multimedia work sessions.


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Ergonomic products and work systems

Ergonomic analysis and design count among Fraunhofer IAO’s core competencies. Always focusing on the user, our interdisciplinary team develops and designs consumer goods, tools, machines, work environments, information systems and user interfaces. We carry out analyses, testing and development work in an excellently equipped environment featuring state-of-the-art development and testing laboratories.