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This $1,200 exosuit can take 50 pounds off your back

The HeroWear Apex is a $1,200 unpowered exosuit designed to take up to 50 pounds of weight off the wearer’s back during physical labor. Subscribe to CNET: CNET playlists: Download the new CNET app: Like us on Facebook: Follow us on Twitter: Follow us on Instagram:

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  1. James Taylor

    May 13, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    Construction workers and Home builders could use this.

  2. Sven K

    May 13, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    so guessing you didn’t try this “exosuit” yourself for any real period of time ? Why have a “review” of a product if you are not trying the product.

  3. Apostol Marinov

    May 13, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    so its basically like fake hamstrings and lower back muscles..

  4. TIR0

    May 13, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    Built just for millions of Americans – guess I’m disqualified then, as I’m European.

    • HeroWearExo

      May 13, 2021 at 4:11 pm

      We sell to companies in Europe too 🙂

  5. 平和

    May 13, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    Very interesting product!
    Nice CNET!

  6. Brian

    May 13, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    Looks interesting… A serious RMI injury can cost a worker their livelihood and a company thousands of dollars … This might be an upfront investment to prevent that from occurring … Very interesting indeed.

  7. crispy

    May 13, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    Might be okay for muscles, but when you older and you actually have a bit of bone and disc degeneration I’d be worried about the additional pulling down onto those areas.

    • HeroWearExo

      May 13, 2021 at 4:07 pm

      Believe it or not, the suit can actually reduce spinal compression, not increase it. There’s been a good bit of scientific research into spinal compression sources – most of which comes from back muscles themselves straining. Reduce muscle strain, and it reduces spinal compression.

  8. One Man On Fire

    May 13, 2021 at 2:12 pm

    I like it

  9. Leon Newhall

    May 13, 2021 at 2:21 pm

    $1,200 that’s ridiculous for some backpack straps

  10. Andy Altman

    May 13, 2021 at 2:39 pm

    Could you use the Apex in your line of work?

    • Toph Law

      May 14, 2021 at 9:45 am

      Great review Andy… I see this as a boon to any farm where manual labor is still the norm though the price point needs to be greatly reduced for it to be feasible, specially in developing countries where these types of injuries could mean families going hungry.

  11. 0m3n

    May 13, 2021 at 2:58 pm

    Letting people try it is going to take it from “that would be nice to have”
    To
    “Me and all my coworkers need this product”

  12. Adam B.

    May 13, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    Knockoff Linus Tech Tips

  13. ricoviii1

    May 13, 2021 at 3:21 pm

    So rubber bands?????

  14. LinusMLGTips

    May 13, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    Hey look it’s CNET Linus Tech Tips! 🤣 Nice video!

  15. F!zZ

    May 13, 2021 at 5:17 pm

    Is he a low budget Linus?? 😂

    • Andy Altman

      May 13, 2021 at 7:16 pm

      🤕

  16. Alfonso Rivera-Moctezuma Jr

    May 13, 2021 at 5:26 pm

    Love the cost effectiveness of this product in contrast to the otherwise overwhelming actuated/mechanical alternative.

  17. Evan Flatequal

    May 13, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    1200 though? That’s pricey

  18. Ellis Hazard

    May 13, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    This video wasn’t interesting enough to put up with the ads

  19. neosrt10

    May 13, 2021 at 6:34 pm

    Interesting concept but I can see people buying Regular back supports as there are many if not hundreds online that people will they are just as effective as the Apex suit

  20. Dan’l 56

    May 13, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    When I was in my 20’s & 30’s I worked building electrical substations. Something like this would have been fantastic for all of the heavy lifting involved. Now in my 60’s I’m paying the price for all that abuse to my back. As production costs come down, hopefully it will put it in a price range where many construction workers could afford to be wearing it 👍.

  21. Bulgalin

    May 13, 2021 at 7:26 pm

    Construction workers

  22. ChuyIsTheShiz

    May 13, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    I would totally buy

  23. Edmund Cheung

    May 14, 2021 at 12:12 am

    Fake Linus

  24. Kevin Jimenez

    May 14, 2021 at 12:14 am

    ” I wonder if I can invent a device to reduce strain on my back”. You mean the glutes?

  25. Dmitry M

    May 14, 2021 at 1:06 am

    Great idea

  26. Nekminute

    May 14, 2021 at 4:59 am

    a placebo

  27. Enrique Pasillas

    May 14, 2021 at 10:21 am

    In the construction will be great

  28. Al13n1nV8D3R

    May 14, 2021 at 11:32 am

    I wonder if this would help me whem I race my Kawasaki Ninja ZX10R on the track. My backs gets sore after racing all day.

  29. Al13n1nV8D3R

    May 14, 2021 at 11:38 am

    Hey its Linus’s evil twin. Or ummm maby his good twin? Because this guy seems a little nicer than the original Linus. LoL

  30. dsmith11373

    May 14, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    A thousand pounds is a thousand pounds.

  31. Godzilla Vs sushi

    May 15, 2021 at 12:15 am

    Dude, I want one. Maybe I will wait til it get cheaper

    • Smooth Interceptor

      May 16, 2021 at 2:58 pm

      If everyone would think like you then it will never be cheaper, actually the company will go bankrupt.

  32. James Tatad

    May 15, 2021 at 12:42 am

    CNET tech tips

  33. 레오

    May 15, 2021 at 1:45 am

    You need another exosuit to carry that heavy suitcase containing your exosuit. 😅😪🤧😷

  34. vadergrd

    May 15, 2021 at 6:17 am

    for the slave improvement program :(… aws warehouse knows…

  35. rakim

    May 15, 2021 at 8:15 am

    Hi there chad Linus

  36. Stew

    May 15, 2021 at 10:29 am

    Just think of it this way $100 a month for a year. If you do any kind of repetitive lifting work, it is worth it. Too bad they did not have the same system going down the arms. Biggest thing I noticed, I did not like, is the small band going across the front. I think it should have been a little wider.

  37. Bryan Murillo

    May 15, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    Bruh, 4 min in and I don’t see why this exo suit is $1200

  38. John Gyver

    May 15, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    Seems quite expensive for a non-powered suit

  39. gmfitzg

    May 15, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    His facial hair looks really annoying on him for some reason lol

  40. Larry Parrish

    May 15, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    So that’s what Batman has been wearing all this time! LOL

  41. db4z 09

    May 15, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    While it seems better than a traditional back brace, I don’t think I would call it an exoskeleton.

    • HeroWearExo

      May 17, 2021 at 2:31 pm

      We call it an exosuit, which is technically a sub-category of ‘exoskeleton’ the way it is formally defined. But we agree, since it is all textile-based with full flexibility, it’s not very ‘skeletal’.

  42. Perry

    May 15, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    Nice, i think having different strength bands would help you customize you lift output.

    • HeroWearExo

      May 17, 2021 at 2:29 pm

      We agree – We make 2 different strengths of bands today, and we just announced a third! 🙂

  43. R San

    May 15, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    This would be really good for Aircraft Maintenance in the Airline Industry

  44. J P

    May 16, 2021 at 3:00 am

    The inventor deserves an award! I hope cheap knockoff’s of this idea don’t sour consumers.

  45. Harvick T

    May 16, 2021 at 3:10 am

    Love seeing engineers developing products that actually makes live better from the ground up rather than milking money off consumers.

  46. Paul Ho

    May 16, 2021 at 4:18 am

    Andy Altman is daddy.

  47. Tushar Singh

    May 16, 2021 at 6:11 am

    Hey, looks like We’ve got a new Linus

  48. Smooth Interceptor

    May 16, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    Stand with Israel 🇮🇱 in this difficult time.

  49. Man ju Manl

    May 16, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    I need it ,by I’m afraid getting bullied .

  50. cattigereyes1

    May 16, 2021 at 5:26 pm

    Interesting not that a corporation will ever buy one for its wage slaves after all,

  51. Mihir Pradhan

    May 17, 2021 at 1:54 am

    Clicked on the video thinking it’s Linus lmao!

  52. FishGrinder

    May 17, 2021 at 2:10 am

    Farming

  53. Chris B

    May 17, 2021 at 4:38 am

    “Exoskeleton suits cost thousands of dollars, compared to this thing, which still costs you thousands of dollars”

    • HeroWearExo

      May 17, 2021 at 2:34 pm

      We can understand how that phrasing could be a little confusing. The powered heavy-lift suits he’s referring to, like the Sarcos system pictured, cost about $100,000 a year. Our suit is a $1,200 one-time cost.

  54. jigil jigil

    May 17, 2021 at 9:38 am

    $1200 ???!!!!! Materials, fabrics and straps cost them what?! probably less than $100, R&D was free (his students at the university did it) and he is charging people 10 to 15 times more.

  55. Mohammed Alhashemi

    May 17, 2021 at 10:28 am

    Just start deadlifting lol

  56. Lord Shampy

    May 17, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    One step closer to full automation

  57. Rheyad Ridley

    May 17, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    1200$ or do some deadlifts build the actual muscles in your back and legs🤷🏾‍♂️

  58. Transplant Helper

    May 17, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    It’s almost believable until the guy lifts the hay bale. Ain’t no country boy gonna buy that. Lol 😂

  59. Bennet Kampe

    May 17, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    Therapis: “photogenic linus tech tips cant hurt you”
    Photogenic linus tech tips:

  60. Liibski90

    May 17, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    Is this available in Europe? This is perfect for all kinds of manual labor, from restocking shelves, to gardening work etc.

  61. OrganicChemistry2

    May 17, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    The US Army needs this. Rucking would be so much easier

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