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Low back injuries are pervasive, costly, and debilitating for millions of individuals worldwide. Inspired by personal experience, Karl Zelik and his team at Vanderbilt University saw this as an opportunity to apply exoskeleton technology in a new way, with a soft, flexible, unobtrusive design that operates using a deceptively simple mechanism: reducing stress on the muscles supporting the lumbar spine. What began as a series of biomechanics studies powered by Caplex, rapidly translated into a commercial spin-off, HeroWear, with thousands of of units being used in the field by individuals performing stressful manual labor, in factories, warehouses, construction sites, military bases, and much more. Learn more about the science behind the Apex exosuit.
In today’s workforce status quo, certain jobs inevitably come with a higher risk for bodily injury. Warehouse operators, construction workers, health care workers, agricultural workers, and many essential jobs require lifting, bending, and repetitive movement that can strain the back and body.