Seismic, a Menlo Park, CA-based startup, is taking on the wearables market with their fashionable Powered Clothing.
Seismic, who was speaking at the WT | Wearable Technologies Conference 2018 USA in San Francisco, wants you to know that this is not an exoskeleton but instead fashionable clothing with a combination of robotics and sensor technology. The Powered Clothing made its first official appearance at TechCrunch Disrupt, followed up by CES 2019 in Las Vegas.
The Powered Clothing™ integrates discreet robotics, designed to help you move better by working in collaboration with your body to give you strength, stability, and power. The clothing is designed to help people with daily activities like, standing up, carrying and lifting items, extending standing, sitting down, walking and more.
Lightweight, breathable and comfortable; the apparel enables you to overcome limitations and achieve your full physical potential. It starts out simple, like getting dressed in the morning, but with a powerful processor and an integrated sensor matrix, the Powered Clothing is programmable, tailored to your body and your lifestyle.
The technology was originally developed at SRI International for a DARPA-funded program to reduce injury risk and enhance soldier endurance.
Seismic entered the occupational market in partnership with Cintas Corporation. Co-development plans between Cintas and Seismic will begin immediately in areas of product and distribution for service worker support in industries including food service, automotive, hospitality and others. Cintas and Seismic will collaborate to bring Powered Clothing to the workforce, said a press release.
Seismic has also entered into an agreement to begin co-developing next-generation industrial Powered Clothing with one of the largest construction organizations in Japan, Obayashi Corporation, a global team of 14,000 employees across 14 countries. The collaboration focuses on producing industry-specific clothing distributed and worn by Obayashi’s construction workforce. Seismic suits will be worn as a base layer to support workers’ core muscles to help augment strength when lifting, carrying or extended standing. This partnership aims to alleviate worksite fatigue.
“We have strategically pursued different market verticals with significant partners that share our vision for impacting quality of life in their respective areas through Powered Clothing,” Seismic CEO and founder Rich Mahoney said. “I’m thrilled to open our programmable platform to our partners and enhance Powered Clothing’s utility in new ways to achieve unprecedented results in industries beyond personal wellness like occupational safety, wellness and lifestyle, and healthcare.”