S$ 117,255
pledged of S$ 50,000pledged of S$ 50,000 goal
302
backers
16days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, October 4 2018 5:31 PM UTC +00:00.

Astride BionixBy Astride Bionix
First created
Astride BionixBy Astride Bionix
First created
S$ 117,255
pledged of S$ 50,000pledged of S$ 50,000 goal
302
backers
16days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, October 4 2018 5:31 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Thank you for making us the most successful exoskeleton project on Kickstarter! Stretch goal announcement Below!

Almost all of us have suffered from bad posture, felt fatigue on long commutes and weighed down by heavy backpacks. These physical issues are vexing, ever-present and can not be solved by smartphone applications or digital gadgets.

The LEX is a bionic wearable that enhances posture, comfort, and life. It is designed to let you relax anywhere with a perfect sitting posture and protect your shoulders while on the move by making the backpack feels almost weightless. 

The LEX weighs a little more than 1 kilogram so it can be worn comfortably at all times. In just a few steps, the LEX turns into an ergonomic chair built to withstand up to 120 kilograms (264 lbs) of weight. Immediately feels relaxed as your back straighten and breathing becomes easier the moment you sit. The longer you use the LEX, the posture improvement will give you long-term physical benefits.

When you are on the move, our one-of-a-kind load-transfer module will shift the weight of your backpack from your shoulders to the core of your body, ensuring comfort while reducing the risk of long-term injuries.

Our goal in creating the LEX is to use our background in robotics and exoskeleton to enhance lives in new, exciting ways. 

Correct posture is very important to our well-being. Going through life with a wrong posture will give you soreness and physical pain while sitting or standing with a correct posture helps avoid stress, injury and gives our body and mind powerful boosts. The LEX always correct and improve your posture whether sitting, standing and on the move. 

The science of posture is heavily researched and widely understood but the challenge has always been how to constantly maintain the correct posture while we go about our daily life. We know from our own experience and numerous studies that posture-related injuries among urban dwellers are usually caused by long period of slouching in office chairs, the inability to rest during long commutes and shoulders strain from carrying heavy backpacks daily.

We created the LEX as a bionic chair that allows you to rest anywhere you want with a posture that creates positive impact on your body. The way the LEX automatically adjusts your sitting posture is based on extensive research to create a natural resting position where the back remains upright while the thighs bend forward with the feet firmly planted on the ground to reduce the burden placed on the buttock. This position helps relax the muscles, encourage easy breathing and relieve pressure on the stomach.

This sitting position achieved by the LEX also gives the wearer higher mobility to shift between sitting and standing, making life less sedentary and more active.

Another key feature of the LEX is the innovative load-transfer module that shifts 50% of the backpack weight from the shoulders to the core of your body.

Backpacks cause more than the short-term strain on your shoulders while commuting, prolonged use of backpacks can create serious injuries and chronic pain. 

To prevent this, the LEX load-transfer module works by extending a flexible panel upwards to hold the weight of the backpack and transfer it to the LEX unit worn around the waist. This lessens the load put on the shoulders and makes the backpack feels weightless, creating an amazing feeling of relaxation while you are on the move.

With this 3 main features designed specifically to enhance the wearer's posture, comfort, and endurance. The LEX opens a door to the future where human augmentation and improvement can be gained on demand and off-the-shelf.

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Simplicity is the essence of our design philosophy. We want the LEX to be easy to put-on, wear and take off for a wide range of sex and age. It must be easy to put on as another piece of clothing.

Many hours were spent to design the shape of the components and how to place them so it gives the wearer full freedom of movement. At the same time, we ensure that wearers can effortlessly put on the LEX.

To wear the LEX, just 3 straps are needed to fits the LEX with your body just like a belt or backpack. When in folding mode, the LEX can barely be seen from the side. 

To deploy the LEX in sitting position is beyond simple, our patent-pending Swiftsit technology is designed to let you sit down with a natural, perfect sitting from a folding position in 5 seconds.

When you want to be on your way, pull the LEX back up and fold it discreetly.

To use the load-transfer module. Put on your backpack then wrap the load-transfer distribution module strap across your backpack starting at either side of your waist. Once the strap is fastened around your backpack, you will immediately feel the weight on your shoulders disappear. 

You can use the load-transfer module even while sitting so long queues won't hurt your shoulders.

The LEX also includes a hook for convenient hanging and the whole unit can be rolled up when not in use.

We want to build an exoskeleton that looks and feel cool, can stand up to 120 Kilogram (264 lbs) of weight, yet lightweight enough to be easily worn all day and realistic to manufacture with today's technology at an affordable price.

The LEX exoskeleton is built from the ground up incorporating many advanced design elements to ensure that it can meet an uncompromising ergonomic requirement. 

The grooves and channel cut into the aircraft grade aluminum frame helps reduce weight to a bare minimum but is meticulously calculated to maintain strength and integrity enough to withstand daily use. 

Non-allergic materials are carefully selected then manually grafted onto the frame. The thinnest and most comfortable memory foam were sourced and integrated into the seat to make sure every posture perfect moment is a comfortable one.

The LEX is made to be safe and the sitting angle is recoverable, this means unlike traditional 90-degree body and thigh sitting posture, you can easily stand up should you lose your balance.

Our team has spent the past decade delivering engineering hardware and software products to some of the world's largest companies and the best standards are maintained throughout the entire design and manufacturing process.

The LEX can be used every day in all types of scenarios as it constantly enhances your posture and comfort in a way no other wearable can. 

The LEX is your extra pair of legs whenever you want to sit and an extra set of shoulders whenever you have to commute. The only limit is where you want to go.

There has never been a more awesome way to sit and carry backpacks healthily and we want you to wear the LEX in your own way.

Choose between 4 colors and 3 sizes to match your body type and lifestyles. Make the LEX stands out with bright, bold colors or picks a darker tone to make it blend effortlessly with your work cloth.

Our 4 colors, Titan Black, Yaksa Red, Jovian Orange and Jotunn Blue makes the LEX not just an essential daily item, but also one of the coolest too! 

Don't be confused if the number shows S$256 for the Super Early bird pledge instead of $189. For anyone who has watched Crazy Rich Asians you will know S$ means Singaporean Dollar or SGD. Once you type in the number you will see the conversion rate in USD!

Now that we have the confusion out of the way, here are our reward levels! 

Phoenix update! Stretch Goal 2 Announcement!

Water resistant bag that neatly fit a folded LEX inside. You can hand carry the bag, use it as a backpack or pack other items for the beach!

We spent more than a year doing research and development, we have decided to launch when it was certain the LEX can be delivered to you safely, affordable and on-time.  

The design has gone through multiple iterations and you can see some of them in our blogs and website. The LEX design represents the limit of what can be achieved with today's bionic chair exoskeleton technology. 

What we need now is to partner with you, our backers to reach a minimum order so our manufacturing vendor can begin production. After the production starts we will work to ensure that all orders are fulfilled within 12 to 16 weeks.

We look forward to putting on the future with you. It is an honor and a privilege to be on Kickstarter. Thank you again for supporting us!

Risks and challenges

Our team has spent the past decade delivering hardware and software products to some of the world's largest companies. During that time we have learnt the value of a few things

Firstly, it's best to give truthful, honest communications whenever there is a problem.

While we have finished all the design and prototyping including manufacturing feasibility prototype, the fact that no one in the world has attempted to make a folding exoskeleton suit before means we might still run into issues during full-scale manufacturing. Some parts might fail QC and will need to be fixed, part X and mechanism Y might not fit perfectly with each other and inspection has to be made.

What we pledge to you is a proactive communication when these types of issue arise so we don't overpromise and underdeliver.

Secondly, Shipping estimate can be inexact especially around Christmas. While we estimate 12-16 weeks to fulfill our order, the whim of the logistics gods might make it slightly longer than that to pack and ship all of your orders.

Whatever the challenges or delays, we give pledge to you that we will always be reachable and responsive.

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    Thanks for a LEX up!

    Thank you so much for helping us turn the LEX into a reality, every little thing help and we are very grateful.

    Apart from our sincere thanks, you will receive regular updates on the LEX as well as our future projects

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    1 X LEX NANO

    1:10 Scale 3D-Printed version of the LEX from the very same machine we used to develop the product.

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    KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE - 1 PAIR OF LEX

    Be one of the first people in the world to use the LEX + integrated load-transfer module at a super special offer only on Kickstarter

    Choose a color when the campaign ends and it will be lovingly painted and shipped to you.

    Shipping fee $62 for U.S.A, UK and Europe, $49 for Asia

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    DUAL PACK - 2 PAIRS OF LEX

    Because it's too lonely sitting healthily by yourself. Get 2 pairs of LEX + integrated load-transfer module at a special offer.

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    Looking to turn your workplace into a posture-perfect place? get 5 pairs of LEX and see the difference!

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    DISTRIBUTOR PACK - 10 PAIRS OF LEX

    Get 10 pairs of LEX at an incredible $900 off the retail! Perfect for factories and distributors!

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    ONE OF A KIND LEX

    Work with some of our best local artists to get a truly unique LEX painted to your specification.

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    SUPER EARLY BIRD - 1 PAIR OF LEX

    Join us on early on this journey and you will receive the LEX at a one-time exclusive offer + integrated load-transfer module.

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    EARLY BIRD - 1 PAIR OF LEX

    As an early bird you will still receive the LEX at a very special offer + integrated load-transfer module.

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    Shipping fee $62 for U.S.A, UK and Europe, $49 for Asia

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