Stage 1: Explore
There were two main constraints defined: The functionality must be achieved without the need of electronics and all functionality must be concentrated in the joint to be able to use it with standard brace components. Furthermore, gravity was identified as a promising working principle.
Starting from this point, we generated a concept that indeed relied on gravity with respect to the locking mechanism. A functional model was produced to show that the idea indeed could work. In fact, it was possible to build a strong IP position with this working principle. Within this phase, we were also able to define a set of technical specifications that this concept should fulfil in order to function properly.