Our Co-founder and CEO, Dr James Waldie, has been developing advanced compression garments for 2 decades. As a graduate Aerospace Engineer in 1999, James started designing and testing compression garments for astronauts. He was accepted as a Research Scholar at the University of California in San Diego at Masters level, testing the physiological effects of compression, and measuring the pressure regimes on different parts of the hand. He continued his studies and earned a PhD developing new compression technologies for physiological benefit.
He was then selected as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), working principally on his Skinsuit design, but also consulting to NASA Johnson Space Center. As an Adjunct Associate Professor at RMIT, Dr Waldie served as a Principal Investigator with the European Space Agency (ESA) on his Skinsuit programme, which deployed his Skinsuit to the Space Station for a 2 week mission in October 2015, and for 6 months in 2017.
In order for the compression to function effectively, the Skinsuit required extreme precision and custom sizing. New processes and algorithms were developed that would enable the stretch of the garment in both vertically and horizontal directions to be bespoke to each subject. CAPE uses an evolution of this system called AutoTailor, which brings the accuracy and effectiveness of spacesuit compression technology at a rapid and affordable level.
In conjunction with sports scientists, we have also developed our own proprietary compression regimes for either performance enhancement, recovery optimization, or travel risk minimization. AutoTailor has been proven by independent testing to generate the precise compression regime we need. Further, ultrasound testing has shown we significantly improve arterial inflow and venous return in the entire leg when wearing our custom calf sleeves.
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