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SafeLift: Textile exoskeleton with motor from Verve Motion

A soft and lightweight powered exosuit that wears like a backpack and relieves a worker of 40 % every time a suitcase, package or piece of equipment is lifted.

  • Extremely light
  • Battery lasts up to 12 hours
  • Up to 240 N lifting force support

Functions and advantages

Everything you need to know about the features and benefits of the SafeLift: Textile exoskeleton with motor from Verve Motion need to know.

  • Up to 80 % less injury rate
  • 2 minutes to learn
  • Lower worker comp. Lower insurance premiums.
  • Designed by a team of sportswear designers, scientists and engineers.
  • Goes on in 30 seconds, takes off 40 % of load with every lift and movement.
  • Suitable for all body types.
  • Better employee experience, higher retention.
  • Improved plant productivity (>5 %).

The SafeLift exosuit, which grew out of research at Harvard University's Biodesign Lab, uses inertial measurement sensors woven into the suit to detect motion and trigger the hardware to provide up to 240 N of assist force during lifting. The sensors also collect motion data that identifies risky and unsafe postures and provide clear, actionable reports to individual workers and supervisors through an online portal. The suit's controller can switch between different assist modes so it remains unobtrusive during non-lifting operations and activities (e.g., climbing a ladder or driving a forklift).



SafeLift is our soft powered exosuit designed and built for workers who need to repeatedly lift boxes, packages or other heavy objects. Donning this lightweight, flexible exosuit takes 30 seconds and reduces injuries 5-fold by reducing up to 40 % of a worker's load during repetitive lifting. Lifting Support: Provides up to 240N of lifting support that relieves up to 40 % of an object's weight each time it is lifted, reducing fatigue and strain on a worker's back and lowering injury rates by up to 80 %. One-size-fits-all: Soft and flexible, the 6.5-lb exosuit dons in 30 seconds and fits most people from 5 feet 0 inches (1.5 m) -> 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m) with 8 adjustment points. XS -> XXL Safety Portal: Integrated sensors, combined with advanced analytics, identify risky or unsafe movements and provide clear, actionable reports to individual workers and supervisors through an online portal.



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 clothing. It was launched in 2020 by a multidisciplinary team of experts in robotics, movement science and apparel design from Professor Conor Walsh's lab at Harvard University. The funding follows a highly successful pilot project with ADUSA's supply chain network, in which Verve deployed its first SafeLift "exosuit" for key food distribution workers to improve worker health and safety. SafeLift is a lightweight, software-enabled wearable solution that combines real-time motion detection 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 athletic wear, it adapts to a worker's tasks, movements and speeds, providing support only when needed, reducing the strain on a worker's back by 30-40 % during a typical workday. It also has a battery life of more than 12 hours and requires no complex integration. The technology not only relieves the strain on a worker's body, but is also connected to the cloud and AI-enabled to provide automated ergonomics analytics that give industry leaders valuable insights to improve worker safety.

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Company information

Facts & Figures

It all started at Harvard in 2012, when we were commissioned by DARPA to develop the core technology behind our Exosuit. 10 years later, we're using that same technology to power and support employees across all industries. The company was founded in 2012 and has been commercially selling the SafeLift since 2020. The company raised $15,000,000 in a Serias A funding round. Verve Motion offers leasing and exo-as-a-service.

Company address

  • Verve Motion Inc.
  • 9 Camp Street
  • Cambridge
  • MA 02140, US

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