The invention of exoskeletons was the first major step towards crossing that barrier, and now we are ready to take the next.
Being industry pioneers, we always thought that exoskeletons are only as good as the number of people you can put them on. So our approach is fundamentally different. For the first time, exoskeletons will have the right weight and the right cost to go with you in the world. So it’s called ROAM for that reason.
ROAM will make a difference to a soldier on the ground. Or to the aging athlete that needs to take care of her knees.
But for most people ROAM means getting back what most of us take for granted: To be able to get up again, to stand, or taking an evening stroll; simply to keep ROAMing.
By changing everyday mobility ROAM is a new chapter in pushing your physical limits, enhancing mobility and life in general.
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. Today, he leads the ROAM team towards the development and commercial deployment of a new type of exoskeleton that can go with people into the world.
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 in Wound Care, Critical Care, Surgical Care, and Cardio Vascular categories, and has led transformative change initiatives driving growth and profitability. He has a cumulative of 18 years of experience in the Medtech industry and has served in pioneering companies such as Novoste, Boston Scientific, Acelity, and Getinge.
Mr. Dhongade has an M.S. from the University of Massachusetts, and an MBA from Duke University.
We're 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.