Science for Comfort
Strong, Agile, Ready for Real Work
Design to a Different Standard
Working men and women have one message for exoskeleton technology, and they’ve had it for years: Comfort should be standard. Wearable technology should be wearable. Exosuits are worn by living, breathing people who have better things to do than hurt.
For HeroWear, comfort is a science. We’ve focused on human factors, like increasing comfort and maximizing ease-of-use. We’ve also put exoskeletons on hundreds of workers—seen their thrill at assistance and listened to their real frustrations. Now we’ve designed an exosuit that finally combines the features they need most with transformative science—all to help sustain their strength.
The Apex is here—born from rigorous science and ready for all.
- It’s lightweight, weighing just 3.4 lbs.
- It’s strong, and can take over 50 lbs. of strain off the back.
- It’s passive, without motors or batteries.
- It’s agile, allowing greater variety of motion than any other device.
- It’s modular, able to adjust to different body types. Including females.
The biomechanics and advanced ergonomics of the Apex enable workers to move comfortably—while lifting, getting lunch, walking across the warehouse. Because of its proprietary on/off clutch, it also gets out of your way nearly effortlessly, allowing you freedom to maneuver throughout a wide range of tasks. The Apex is ready for the real workday—backed by science, and built for comfort. And that’s just the beginning.
See the Science Behind the Suit
The Apex’s design is driven by peer-reviewed science that demonstrates the ability of passive elastic components to significantly reduce back-muscle activity and fatigue rates. All while being worn with comfort. The science tells the story.
Characterizing Comfort Limits
Using a robotic actuator, this study applied a series of forces of increasing magnitude to soft sleeves around the thigh and shank, and to a harness on the shoulders. Participants were instructed to press an off switch when they felt uncomfortable with a higher level of force. The results provided key benchmarks for exosuit design, establishing comfort as a crucial, quantifiable criterion for wearable technology.
Assistance to Reduce Back Loading
This study tested eight healthy participants with an exosuit prototype designed to act in parallel with the low back extensor muscles to reduce forces borne by the lumbar musculature. The participants’ muscle activity, body kinematics, and assistive forces were recorded while performing common leaning and lifting tasks. The findings indicated the prototype reduced erector spinae muscle activity by an average range of 14 to 43 percent.
Effects on Back Muscle Fatigue
By comparing six test participants holding a 16-kg mass while leaning (with and without a passive elastic exosuit), this study quantified the effect on lower back muscle fatigue rate. Five of the six participants showed significant reductions by an average of 30 percent while receiving assistance from the exosuit, demonstrating the potential for improved endurance for workers who perform similar tasks (e.g., nurses, material handlers, construction workers).
Built for Every Body
Working men and women suffer from back pain and fatigue. They deserve a world-class exo that sustains their strength, protects their body, and fits comfortably. Because one size does not fit all men—or women. Which is why the Apex is the world’s first exosuit designed from the ground up with a specific female fit. Discover the reasons unisex design doesn’t work for women.
Forging New Frontiers for Safety
Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) are a problem for workers everywhere—in warehouse, logistic, industrial, and military operations. Overexertion is the number one cause of strains and sprains. All of which come at a cost. The Apex is at the frontier of the effort to reduce fatigue, increase safety, and mitigate risk of injury. And unmatched service from our team come with each purchase.