Silicon Valley startup is testing powered clothing with Cintas in Nashville

Posted at 8:36 AM, Nov 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-25 09:36:51-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Silicon Valley startup wants to equip service workers in Nashville with robotic clothing.

Seismic Powered Clothing is the maker of the apparel that is packed with discreet robotics.

"This is great for workers who are working, bending, lifting, stooping, required to be in a standing position, also walking and carrying" said Sarah Thomas of Seismic.

When it's worn, the roughly 5 pounds undergarment can provide up to 30 watts of power to large muscle groups. It is designed to help a service worker with their daily tasks while reducing fatigue.

"We support the worker in their health and wellness and their mobility, providing them extra endurance throughout the day so they can enjoy their evenings with their kids after their shift," Thomas said.

Tennessee's Department of Labor estimates nearly half of the new jobs created between 2012 and 2022 will be in the service sector.

Seismic is partnering with Cintas to determine how best to enter the marketplace. Cintas is the largest supplier of corporate uniforms in North America and it's facility north of Nashville is the company's largest. The facility staffs manufacturing, industrial laundry and delivery workers who serve 7,000 outside customers.

"It is a great partnership to be able to try powered clothing with Cintas within their own roles," said Thomas.