Wearable Computing Technologies
Ernesto Martinez, PhD, funded and currently leads systems innovation in wearable technologies for Solos, a division of Kopin Corporation. At Kopin, Ernesto also serves as advisor to the CEO, supporting new technology and product strategies that will position the company as a leader in the wearables market as well as forming relationships with MIT specialists, such as STE@M (Sports Technology and Education @ MIT), and elite athletes and cycling teams.
Solos is an emerging brand in sports & fitness technology that develops performance-enabled smart glass devices that empower elite athletes to achieve their maximum potential. Before joining Kopin, Ernesto was a postdoctoral research scientist at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. Under a joint platform collaboration between Anticipatory medical and cellular devices and the Bio-inspired robotics platforms, Ernesto worked on the development of innovative assistive and rehabilitation technologies – including the creation of soft exoskeletons to augment human locomotion capabilities.
Ernesto is an expert in developing technologies able to organically interact with the human body to enhance performance and quality of life. He most recently pursued this field at the MIT Biomechatronics Lab, where he received his doctorate degree. Under the mentorship of Professor Hugh Herr, Ernesto developed state-of-the-art bionic limbs and interfaces, recognized around the world. His expertise in the field of biomechatronics and extreme human-machine interfaces aims to advance and push the boundaries of user-experiences with wearable technology.
Ernesto has an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Universidad Panamericana in Mexico. During his time at Panamericana, he shared his time between academics, national football (soccer) championships and establishing the UP Collegiate Robotics program. Ernesto led several undergraduate research teams to excel internationally in robot design competitions held worldwide. His work led to the creation of the Mechatronics engineering program, now recognized for excellence in Latin America.