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New backing for Verve’s SafeLift exosuit

Combining the power of a machine, the comfort of clothing and the ergonomics of elite sportswear.

19th July 2021

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Cambridge, MA, USA

Protective, Industrial

Wearable robotics startup Verve Motion, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has raised $15 million in a Series A funding round.

The company is pioneering a new class of connected wearable technology for the industrial sector by integrating robotics into functional apparel. It was launched in 2020 by a multidisciplinary team of experts in robotics, movement science and apparel design, from the lab of Professor Conor Walsh at Harvard University.

The funding follows a highly successful pilot with the ADUSA supply chain network, in which Verve rolled out its inaugural SafeLift “exosuit” to essential grocery distribution employees to improve worker health and safety.

SafeLift is a lightweight, software-enabled wearable solution that combines real-time movement sensing with robotic assistance, in a comfortable and ergonomic form factor to empower and protect industrial workers.

Combining the power of a machine, the comfort of clothing and the ergonomics of elite sportswear, it adapts to worker tasks, movement and speed and assists only when needed, reducing strain on a worker’s back by 30-40% during a typical workday. Additionally, it has 12+ hours of battery life and doesn’t require any complex integration.

Beyond taking the strain off a worker’s body, the technology is connected to the cloud and AI-enabled, for providing automated ergonomics analytics that give industrial leaders valuable insights to enhance the safety of their workforce.

“Our mission is to advance worker safety and well-being by creating the next generation of wearable technology,” said Ignacio Galiana, co-founder and CEO of Verve Motion. “This new round of funding will fuel the continued development of our solution and scale operations to meet the growing demand for our product in order to get it to the workers who need it most right now.”

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