by Apparel Resources News-Desk
12-September-2018 | 2 mins read
Seismic, an apparel company creating clothes that improve quality of life through quality of motion has launched its’ first line of powered clothing, aiming to help the wearers with ailing muscles and joints at TechCrunch Disrupt, world’s largest technology startup conference.
Seismic’s Powered clothing integrates robotics with textiles in order to create products that look and feel like apparels but function like an extension of the human body.
Rich Mahoney, CEO, Seismic, said, “Our first product is integrating what we call intelligent wearable strength, focused on the core. It provides suitable backing to the hips and lower back so as to support mobility and posture and many people can use that but we are really focusing on where the need is.”
Seismic’s clothing consists of three layers. The first one is a base layer of visible apparel that is meant to look like clothing. The second layer acts as a strength layer which is integrated with robotics on the outer leg riding up to the hip and lower back. These robotics replicate the functionality of the muscles, tendons, and ligaments by contracting and relaxing just like ordinary muscles do in order to assist the motion. The third layer is better known as intelligent layer, similar to internet of things style device which is worn as an external device on the lower back. This will provide the data on movement as well as posture.
Seismic was originally developed by SRI International, an R&D nonprofit organization known for its close ties to DARPA where Mahoney used to work. He was involved with DARPA’s Warrior Web program to prevent and reduce the musculoskeletal injuries for soldiers in combat and these efforts focused on wearable robotics like electric muscles.
Mahoney also mentioned, “Creating impactful robotic products is my passion and I got the motivation for starting Seismic was when I realized a very simple truism: no one wears robotics, everyone wears clothing.”