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Kinematix USA Inc.By Kinematix USA Inc.
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Kinematix USA Inc.By Kinematix USA Inc.
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$10,112
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Can you imagine the power of knowing exactly what influenced the reduction of, for example, 10 minutes off your half-marathon time, or understanding how you could keep improving your pace effortless? These are positive consequences of maximizing running technique.

A Japanese study observed 415 runners from all levels with high-speed cameras during a half-marathon. They concluded that “footstrike patterns are related to running speed” and that “a shorter contact time might contribute to higher running economy” (J Strength Cond Res. 2007 Aug;21(3):888-93, Ryukoku University).

TUNE measures tracks and compares the evolution of your technique parameters during your runs: ground-contact time, heel-contact-time and footstrike, in both feet, as monitoring only one foot would not provide the most relevant information: the symmetry behavior of your feet. This will change your running … for the better!

TUNE algorithms create a customized training plan, based on your technique evolution, to help you strength your natural capabilities. This is a smart training process, built based on proven coaching principles!

TUNE extracts the data inside your shoes, where it can be measured with accuracy, by a pair of very thin (2mm) and robust (last hundreds of miles) Sensor-equipped insoles which fit in any shoes, from any size and brand to be placed underneath your standard or customized insoles.

TUNE reads the data gathered by the Sensor-equipped insoles at a very fast speed: 1,000 times per second, assuring that no small piece of information is lost related with the behavior of your feet.

You don’t feel TUNE and your biomechanics are not affected when you run, as each Sensor-equipped insole is connected with an ultra-thin flat cable to a Connective-dock, which clips to the outside of the shoe, allowing a simple secure insert or removal of TUNE devices to be recharged. 

TUNE is comprised of two electronic devices that read and process the information extracted from the Sensor-equipped insoles, but also from the accelerometers incorporated. The batteries last around 8 hours of running.

The information of each device is sent to your smartphone through Bluetooth Low Energy and combined by the TUNE App with the GPS data in powerful and simple dashboards and graphics for your fast analysis.

If you don’t like to use your smartphone during competition, you can still use TUNE during your training to improve your technique, assuring that your competition results also improve.

TUNE App is the central piece of the overall system. It receives and combines the information of both TUNE devices to provide you the unique knowledge from your run.

All the dashboards and graphics are designed for your easy understanding, comparison and analysis of the relationship between the improvement of your technique and the evolution of your running performance.

TUNE App sends all the information to our cloud system, to assure that you will never loose it, and that you can further analyze all the information through your browser in a laptop, desktop or tablet, with the comfort of a bigger screen. The information in our cloud belongs to you, and you can erase it whenever you want it. We will not sell it or use it for commercial purposes.

Using TUNE is really simple and fast: when TUNE devices are inserted and the App started, you simply focus on your running.

During your run we only provide simple feedback on your smartphone. Because the power of the TUNE information is in the post-running analysis, that you can do calmly to be aware of what else to do to further improve. You may want to improve, but you also want to enjoy the run without distractions!

“The argument that running is a natural movement that should not be corrected is easy to dispel”, states Steve Magness (Science Of Running). He follows “research, science, observation, and practical experience” to conclude that “running correctly can reduce the injury risk, and perhaps most importantly increase basic speed” on all distance runners.

In simple terms, to maximize running technique it is necessary to train and exercise your body to prepare it for maximum performance while you run, without hurting it. However, all the effects of running are reflected on the way your feet touch or leave the ground. TUNE measures the interaction of your feet with the ground, what is really powerful knowledge.

TUNE provides a long-term view and comparison of your evolution and performance through a simple dashboard that registers all your steps of your running activities together: training runs, competitions, speed intervals, fartlek and physical exercises.

TUNE uses algorithms that incorporate the best practical and scientific knowledge to analyze your running technique parameters, and to suggest an exercise plan customized to your needs. This helps to maximize your biomechanics to run well: your running technique. This is particularly useful if you don’t have the support of a running coach.

For example, if TUNE detects that there is an undesirable asymmetry on the ground-contact time of your left foot compared with the right, it will suggest some exercises with asymmetric repetitions to try to reinforce your left limb, and your running becomes more balanced.

TUNE uses a database of hundreds of exercises grouped in several categories: Core, Foot/Leg, Thigh, Plyometric, Reaction, Technique, Symmetry, to suggest the right set of exercises you should performed for some minutes during each one of your training sessions, before or after your runs.

Don’t worry if you think you don’t know how to perform them. The TUNE App has a small video that you can play whenever you want to see how each one of them should be performed. We designed the exercise plan to be short and fun, and in the end it pays off with a lot of benefits for your running: performance and pleasure!

In the above graph we can easily detect the difference of heel-contact time between two different shoes, demonstrating that TUNE is useful to choose the most adapted shoes for each runner.

Note: being able of sustain a reduced heel contact time for long period during a run (red column), implies good physical and technical preparation. TUNE helps to maintain a good technique longer during the same run.

We are confident that we can complete this project on-time. We have 8 years of experience producing electronic products for the really demanding healthcare market and we have the utmost support from strong partners:

  • IEE, a Luxembourg-based sensing specialist, has been our partner since 2008. IEE, an innovative developer of specialized sensing systems, develops and produces the most robust, reliable and long-lasting sensor-equipped insoles in the market, and has custom-designed a version for TUNE.
  • Run4Excellence is a Portuguese non-profit organization focused on helping top runners evolve; educating young running coaches and providing them experience; and developing new knowledge about running and training that can benefit the whole running community. They have been testing TUNE on top level and recreational runners. You can be sure that TUNE incorporates the best knowledge about running.
  • Keech Design and The Imagination Factory have teamed up, heard our story and got inspired to design a simple, functional and cool device, TUNE! Keech Design is a London-based design consultancy founded in 2005. They do ID! ID is Industrial Design, Interface Design, Interior Design. ID is Inter-Disciplinary. The Imagination Factory is a team of creatives that love new ideas. Headquartered in London, they deliver best practice in Design, Engineering & Creative IP generation.

Our knowledge and experience, complemented with their skills, assures that you can trust us to get TUNE on your feet before Christmas. But, no matter how expert or experienced our partners are, you are still our key partner to get the necessary resources to make TUNE a reality. Please back us now, and become a member of our team! Make this dream a reality!

Risks and challenges

We have almost 8 years of experience developing products for healthcare and sports. We have introduced several products that were based on sensor technology, wireless communication, and software running in laptops and smartphones. So we know what it takes to build real products, based on new and exciting technologies.

To develop TUNE, we decided to work with some of the best coaches, athletes and medical professionals. Their knowledge assures that this product is ´state of the art´, and in line with the latest insights around training practices and running technique.

We have an experienced team that has built products before and is led by our COO, Antonio Lopes, who is based in Austin, Texas. He has been involved in the development of numerous products. We are setting up everything for mass production.

Of course we can always encounter unexpected problems with certification or production delays. But we will do all we can to avoid this and deliver the first products on time, and we believe that we have a strong plan to achieve this. However, we promise to keep you informed, on-time, about any eventual change in the plan that we may face. Additionally, we promise to do whatever it takes to keep to plan.

Our biggest challenge is to finance the mass production phase, and for this we need your support. So please help us to build the smartest wearable that was ever designed for runners.

The better your running technique is, the better your results are, with fewer injuries! TUNE helps you to use your feet efficiently!

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