Real Humans

Josh Caputo, PhD

Founder, President & CEO

As President & CEO, Josh leads the Humotech team on its bold mission to transform the way the world develops and uses wearable machines. Josh’s driving passion is to realize the promise of cutting-edge technologies that address underserved societal and ecological needs, and given his deep expertise in wearable robotics, he has found a home in the community of scientists, developers, and users striving for better mobility solutions. Josh has a penchant for realizing simple solutions amidst overwhelming complexity, pulling inspiration from many places but especially the old adage:

“Simplify, then add lightness”

Josh began his PhD research asking, “Can we use robotics to create  a better prosthetic foot?” Which quickly became, “How do we actually improve the world to enhance quality of life for people with mobility impairments?” Josh realized that in order to answer this much broader question required imagining a new approach to design, one that didn’t rely on traditional trial-and-error prototyping. That led to the creation of Humotech and the Caplex system. Josh founded Humotech in 2015 as a spin-off from research based on his PhD thesis work in the Experimental Biomechatronics Laboratory (directed by Steve Collins) at Carnegie Mellon University.

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