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Initially, the company was focused on an assistive device to help aging baby boomers remain mobile longer, but the MIT-educated founders decided to shift directions last year.
“There are lots of hoops to jump through if you’re going to be a medical device,” says cofounder Arron Acosta. “Instead, we’re trying to create a feeling of human flight, and playing with gravity.”
Strong Arm Technologies is working on a vest that would assist people who lift heavy stuff for a living. The vest both promotes more ergonomic lifting and uses a system of built-in cables to transfer weight to parts of the body that can better handle it, like the hips and legs. The company, founded by a pair of Rochester Institute of Technology students, recently won admission into the MassChallenge competition for start-ups in Boston.
When it comes to technology you can use, either to enhance or restore your natural-born abilities, the seeds of a new industry are starting to germinate in Boston.
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