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Our HeroHistory

We started as a small team of scientists at Vanderbilt University who wanted to use science to help people. Our founders started developing exosuits because they believe exos have the power to transform the lives of millions of men and women around the world who bend, lean, and lift for a living.

Our leadership team is made of pioneers in the field — heavyweights in the industry who are designing revolutionary exoskeleton technology to sustain strength and improve health. As an organization, we are relentlessly focused on the workers, continually designing, crafting and striving to perfect the science that will make sure that more of them get home at the end of their work day with the sustained ability to bend, lean, and lift pain free. All with the goal of giving workers a better quality of life with more energy and comfort when they get home to what really matters.

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What’s noteworthy about our revolutionary device:

  • We developed a 3-pound suit that takes 50 pounds of strain off your back every time you lift an object. With no motors or batteries.
  • The suit provides strength when you need it and gets out of your way when you don't. This is accomplished through a patent-pending on/off function, activated by a single, easy to use switch, which is unique in our market.
  • We’ve built the world’s first female-specific exosuit. The Apex follows a modular design that allows custom components for each part of the suit, including components designed specifically with females in mind. Other exosuits take a one-size-fits all approach, without specific fitting for females.
  • While other exosuits use batteries or other power sources, our device is nonpowered, instead relying on an elastic assistance that does not need to be recharged each work day.
  • Our device is backed by a tremendous amount of peer-reviewed science, much of which we performed ourselves.
  • Our device is one of the first significant work-ready product releases, meaning that it's ready to be used on warehouse floors today. Many other devices are still under development and not ready for market deployment.

What’s noteworthy about our organization:

  • Our technology was invented and continues to be developed at one of the world's leading research institutions, Vanderbilt University's Center for Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology.
  • We’re passionate about our commitment to customer experience. We're not just selling a product, but solutions for workers. Our HeroCare 360 support & service backs up everything we do.
  • Our leadership team is comprised of well-respected experts who come from a diverse assortment of the world's leading organizations. Our scientists have contributed in significant ways to the foundation of the exosuit industry both through academia and in practice, while our the rest of the team have succfully launched startups, managed supply chain and logistics at Nike, and marketed products for Dell.

What is exoskeleton technology?

Exoskeletons are wearable devices that augment, enable, assist, and/or enhance physical activity. Our Apex exosuit compliments the human body by supporting and assisting the lower-back muscles primarily involved in repetitive lifting and bending activities.

There are different types of exoskeletons. One distinction is that some use primarily hard materials and some use primarily soft materials. Our device uses primarily soft materials, which is why it is classified as an exosuit, a subset of the exoskeleton category.

Some exoskeleton devices use motors and batteries (or some other power source) while others like our Apex are passive, using bands or springs to provide assistance. More specifically, our device is quasi-passive, which means you can turn the assistance on or off as needed.

Data Says Exoskeletons Are a Potentially Disruptive Technology

Back injuries are some of the most common ailments in the workforce worldwide. Injuries sustained from physical fatigue and strain lead to lost wages and lost productivity, costing billions.

  • Low-back pain costs Americans at least $50 billion in health care costs each year. (source)
  • Worldwide, back pain is the single leading cause of disability. (source)
  • Back pain in the U.S. accounts for more than 264 million lost work days in one year—that’s two work days for every full-time worker in the country. (source)
  • Back pain is the third most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, behind skin disorders and osteoarthritis/joint disorders. (source)
  • Experts estimate approximately 80% of the population will experience back pain at some time in their lives. (source)

HeroWear's device is comfortable, wearable tech that supports humans in the workforce.

The Apex exosuit is designed to keep humans in the workforce by reducing fatigue in the back muscles by about 30-40% (source). We created the Apex to support the hard working men and women who spend their days bending and lifting.

  • Our device is designed to be the most comfortable and easy-to-use on the market. We accomplished this through extensive testing over years spent in labs and in the field.
  • HeroWear’s patent-pending dual-mode (on/off) function means it provides additional strength when you need it and gets out of your way when you don’t. Combined with the comfortable, textile-based design, this feature means workers can wear the Apex all day and have the assistance ready when they need it while not being limited by a bulk frame or hindered by the suit when they don't need it.
  • Once fitted, our device can be easily put on or taken off within seconds.

 

The Technology Behind HeroWear

Researched, developed, and tested at Vanderbilt University, HeroWear’s non-powered tech combines robust strength and ease of use.

  • Comprised of lightweight, high-performance materials that are comfortable for all day wear while working.
  • Our products fit the human frame (both male and female) comfortably.
  • Unlike many of our competitors, HeroWear exosuits allow for a great variety of motion, maximizing safety and strength when you need it without a limiting range of motion.
  • Testing shows that HeroWear’s Apex exosuit significantly reduces lower-back muscle exertion and fatigue.
  • Women make up a growing part the industrial workforce. At HeroWear they are not an afterthought!
    • From the beginning of product development we’ve been focused on designing both female-specific and male-specific versions of key components.
    • This is unique amongst exoskeletons—we are the first & only exoskeleton or exosuit company that has launched a product specifically designed to fit & support the female body.
  • HeroWear exosuits come complete with full training and support for every purchase, ensuring that each device is properly fitted for the wearer.

Our HeroHistory

HeroWear Logo Black StackedWe started as a small team of scientists (dreamers, really) at Vanderbilt University who wanted to use science to help people. Our founders started developing exosuits because they believe exos have the power to transform the lives of millions of men and women around the world who bend, lean and lift for a living.

Our leadership team is made of pioneers in the field—heavyweights in the industry who are designing revolutionary exoskeleton technology to sustain strength and improve health. As an organization, we are relentlessly focused on the workers, continually designing, crafting and striving to perfect the science that will make sure that more of them get home at the end of their work day with the sustained ability to bend, lean, and perhaps even lift their littlest loved ones pain free.

 

What’s noteworthy about our revolutionary device: 

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Sample peer-reviewed research data published by HeroWear leadership team
  • We developed a 3-pound suit that takes 50 pounds of strain off your back every time you lift an object. With no motors or batteries.
  • The suit provides strength when you need it and gets out of your way when you don't. This is accomplished through a proprietary on/off function, which is unique in our market.
  • We believe we’re building the world’s first female-specific exosuit fit, which was designed from concept to execution specifically for the female form. Other exosuits take a one-size-fits all approach, without specific fitting for females.
  • While other exosuits use batteries or other power sources, our device is nonpowered, instead relying on a band system that promises to be more reliable and longer lasting than powered devices.
  • Our device is backed by a tremendous amount of peer-reviewed science, much of which we performed ourselves.
  • Our device is one of the first significant work-ready product releases, meaning that it's ready to be used on warehouse floors today. Many other devices are still under development and not ready for market deployment.

What’s noteworthy about our organization:

  • Our supersuit technology was invented at one of the world's leading research institutions.
  • We’re practically religious about our commitment to customer experience. We're not just selling a product, but our HeroCare 360 philosophy & support service pervades everything we do.
  • Our leadership team is comprised of well-respected experts who have contributed in significant ways to the foundation of this niche science industry both through academia (Vanderbilt University is one of the top research institutions in the field) and in practice

 

What is exoskeleton technology?

Exoskeletons are wearable devices that augment, enable, assist, and/or enhance physical activity. Our exosuit compliments the human body and supports and assists it in doing work that the body is not perfectly designed to perform—specifically repeatedly bending and lifting.

There are different types of exoskeletons. One distinction is that some use primarily hard materials and some use primarily soft materials. Our device uses primarily soft materials, which is why we call it a supersuit instead of an  exoskeleton.

Another distinction is that some devices use batteries or some other power source while others are passive using bands or springs. Our device is quasi-passive, which means you can turn on and off the power.

 

Data Says Exoskeletons Are a Potentially Disruptive Technology

Back injuries are some of the most common ailments in the workforce worldwide. Injuries sustained from physical fatigue and strain lead to lost wages and lost productivity, costing billions.

  • Low-back pain costs Americans at least $50 billion in health care costs each year. (source)
  • Worldwide, back pain is the single leading cause of disability. (source)
  • Back pain in the U.S. accounts for more than 264 million lost work days in one year—that’s two work days for every full-time worker in the country. (source)
  • Back pain is the third most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, behind skin disorders and osteoarthritis/joint disorders. (source)
  • Experts estimate approximately 80% of the population will experience back pain at some time in their lives. (source)

 

HeroWear's device is comfortable, wearable tech that supports humans in the workforce. 

HeroWear is designed to keep humans in the workforce by reducing fatigue in the back muscles up to 30%. We created HeroWear to support the everyday worker who spends their day bending and lifting.

    • Our device is designed to be the most comfortable and easy-to-use on the market. We accomplished this through extensive testing over years spent in labs and in the field.
    • HeroWear’s proprietary on/off function means it provides additional strength when you need it and gets out of your way when you don’t. This is extremely unusual in exosketons, which are often bulky and difficult to get in and out of.
    • Once fitted, our device can be easily put on or taken off within seconds.

 

The Technology Behind HeroWear

Researched, developed, and tested at Vanderbilt University, HeroWear’s non-powered tech combines robust strength and ease of use.

  • Comprised of lightweight materials that don’t feel cumbersome.
  • Our products fit the human frame (both male and female) comfortably.
  • HeroWear exosuits allow for a wide variety of movement while maximizing safety and strength when you need it.
  • Testing shows that HeroWear’s anti-fatigue device significantly reduces lower-back muscle exertion.
  • Women make up half the industrial workforce. At HeroWear they are not an afterthought!
    • From the beginning of product development we’ve been focused on designing female-specific and male-specific versuits of the exosuit.
    • This is unique amongst exoskeletons—we are the first & only exoskeleton or exosuit company that has launched a product specifically designed to fit & support the female body.
  • HeroWear exosuits come complete with full training and support for every purchase, ensuring that each device is properly fitted for the wearer./li>
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As Seen On

DATEPUBLICATIONTITLE
2020-10-27Scripps National TV NetworkStartup looks to help millions of Americans suffering from back pain
2020-10ZDNet, Interesting Engineering, TechBriefs, TNN, etc.Multiple [coverage of Lamers 2020 Nature publication]
2020-10-09DC VelocityThe Rise of Exoskeletons in Logistics
2020-04-09Digital TrendsAffordable exosuits are here, but they don’t look (or work) how you’d expect
2020-04-06HumanTechQ & A with Exoskeleton Expert Karl Zelik
2020-04-03Risk & InsuranceExoskeletons and Workers’ Comp: How the Insurance Industry Can Lead the Way
2020-04-01CNetReady for liftoff: HeroWear's Apex exoskeleton gives you invisible strength
2020-03-31Exoskeleton ReportHeroWear Reveals the Apex Exosuit at WearRAcon 20
2020-03-23Exoskeleton ReportUshering in a New Era of Exoskeletons Designed for Women
2020-03-11Supply Chain DigestGrowing Array of Wearable Devices be Applied with Distribution Center Workers: From Sensors to Brain Wave Trackers to Exoskeletons
2020-03-11Venture Nashville ConnectionsLee Company among 7 strategics codeveloping technologies with innovators
2020-03-05Venture Nashville ConnectionsWearables: Mark Harris-led HeroWear raising Seed, maps Series A round
2020-03-04Wall St. JournalWearable Devices Take Ergonomics to a New High-Tech Place
2020-01-16ForbesIndustrial Exoskeletons Unlikely To Weaken Workers, Says Vanderbilt University Expert
2020-01-02Wall St. JournalWork Clothes, Reimagined for an Age of Wearable Tech
2019-08-16Scientific AmericanAn Innovative Robotic Exosuit Boosts both Walking and Running
2019-04The Conversation, Huffington Post, Phys.org, Inverse.com, etc (picked up >30 media outlets)It’s 2019 – where’s my supersuit?
2017-08USA Today, CNN, Smithsonian, Men's Health, US News, WebMD, Futurity, Now This News, Daily Mail, etcMultiple [this was original wave of press on "smart underwear"]

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