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 workday 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.
What is revolutionary about our device?
- We developed a 3-pound suit that takes 75 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 women-specific exosuit. The Apex follows a modular design that allows custom components for each part of the suit, including components designed specifically with women in mind. Other exosuits take a one-size-fits all approach, without specific fitting for women.
- While other exosuits use batteries or other power sources, our device is non powered, 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 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 successfully launched startups, managed products at Griffin, 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 complements 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 bulky 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.
Based on technology built and tested by science.
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 men and women) comfortably.
- Unlike many of our competitors, HeroWear exosuits allow for a wide variety of postures, maximizing safety and strength when you need it without limiting your 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.
- HeroWear exosuits come complete with full training and support for every purchase, ensuring that each device is properly fitted for the wearer.
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