The invention of exoskeletons was the first major step towards crossing that barrier, and now we are ready to take the next.
Roam’s early team is among our industry’s pioneers, who built the first commercial exoskeletons to overcome the body's barriers. The invention of these early exoskeletons was the first major step in giving people the mobile lives they were meant to live. Now, we are ready to take the next step. We believe that exoskeletons are only as good as the number of people who can use them, and this belief guides our work. So our approach is fundamentally different. For the first time, exoskeletons will exist at the weight and cost required to go with you in the world.
That is why we’re called Roam--our goal is for you to go where you like, as you like. And this goal extends to all types of people: aging athletes, soldiers on the ground, but also everyday people. To those who simply want to be able to stand again or take an evening stroll, we’re here to help you keep Roaming.
By changing everyday mobility, Roam presents a new chapter in expanding your physical boundaries, which enhances mobility and life in general.
Roam is a group of creative engineers and designers who build groundbreaking products to get more people moving. We are revolutionizing what humans are capable of by putting people at the center of our designs.
Dr. Swift holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley where he developed the technical foundations for many of the commercial exoskeletons used today. He was an early employee at Ekso Bionics and was one of the original 3-person team that invented Ekso, their lower extremity rigid exoskeleton for gait rehabilitation and paraplegic mobility.
In 2013, Swift joined Otherlab to help develop a new type of robotic platform that would greatly reduce weight and cost without sacrificing capabilities. It was this effort to make robots which are accessible and practical enough for everyday life that led to the founding of Roam.
Nikhil has an MS from the University of Massachusetts, and an MBA from Duke University. Nikhil has over the last 10 years served as an executive in large multi-national corporations with responsibilities for Corporate and Business Development, M&A, Strategic Marketing, and P&L management. He has completed 2.5B USD in M&A transactions, launched 16 products, and has led transformative change initiatives driving growth and profitability.
In 2016, after serving 18 years in the Medtech industry with pioneering companies such as Novoste, Boston Scientific, Acelity, and Getinge, Nikhil joined Roam to lead the commercial effort to market Roam’s core technology.
Kevin has a MS from Oregon State University where he began his exploration into robotics by researching and developing running robots. Kevin was the lead robotics engineer at Meka Robotics where he gained extensive experience developing advanced high-performance modular control architectures for many robots ranging from novel hands and arms to full running and walking systems.
In 2014, Meka was acquired by Google where Kevin lead a group of electrical engineers to develop a low-cost robotic arm. After working on autonomous systems, Kevin left Google with a desire to help Tim at Roam develop the core technology to enable humans to achieve more.
Otherlab is a talented creative family of scientists and inventors working on a range of projects in the robotics, renewable energy, digital manufacturing, transportation and educational markets. Otherlab is located in a historic pipe organ factory in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission district.