19 Apr You Can’t Battle Aliens with Levitate’s Exoskeleton — But It Just Might Save Your Aching Back
How does a tiny tech start-up working on human augmentation to help surgeons wind up selling hundreds of exoskeletons to industrial companies? For Levitate Technologies, it was something of an accident. They went from working to develop a quiet surgeon’s assist device outfit a few years ago to being a major industrial supplier today. They fully commercialized only just last year, yet they already boast of almost 100 customers across the world.
It all started with some worries about surgical doctors. One of the company’s two founders, Mark Doyle, Levitate’s CEO & President, is an engineer and inventor who’d seen surgeons suffering extreme fatigue from standing and reaching over patients all day long. So he began working on a device to assist with the activities that were so difficult and tiring for those hard-working doctors. That was the genesis of the Airframe exoskeleton.
Doyle and his partner, Joseph Zawaideh, Levitate’s VP of Marketing and Business Development, intended to play their product development work close to the vest. “We wanted to work behind the scenes as much as possible, until we were ready to commercialize,” Zawaideh explained. “We just had a static explanation of our work posted on a website.”