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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Apr 15 2015

Oli - Measure performance in the gym. (Canceled)

The Oli sensor for Weightlifting empowers athletes & coaches with meaningful performance data to help improve their lifts.

Oli - Measure performance in the gym. (Canceled)

The Oli sensor for Weightlifting empowers athletes & coaches with meaningful performance data to help improve their lifts.

$3,551
pledged of $50,000pledged of $50,000 goal
40
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Apr 15 2015

About

Design

If you are looking to track your steps, Oli is NOT for you.  Our device is designed to provide actionable feedback to help you improve your lifts.

Put on your Oli armband and you are ready to lift.  The Oli armband is built to withstand the gym environment and not interfere with your training.

Our wearable sensor stores and sends information about your lift to your phone or tablet.  Oli is rechargeable via USB and will work with either iOS or Android mobile devices.

Data

Whether you are working to develop more speed, strength, or power, Oli measures the metrics that matter: Force, Power, and Velocity.  Coaches know that movement speed during training is important.  Until now, most coaches relied on subjective assessment of the athlete's movement. 

App

To begin, select your lift and weight.  This helps Oli show you how much force and power you are generating.

Did you feel like you were moving a little slow under the bar?  You now have objective feedback that can be compared to your other training sessions.  Combine with video analysis to isolate exactly where you were generating the most power.

We believe motion sensing will be a powerful supplement to video analysis.  Sync your data with video to gain even more insights about you lift.  Share your videos with coaches and friends to get valuable feedback.

Tracking the path of the bar during a lift with a camera has been the primary form of visual feedback for weightlifters since the 1970's.  Oli removes the need for a camera by providing path feedback based on its sensor data and algorithms.

See personalized reports of your progress.  We'll show you what you are doing well and what to focus on.  Keep your self accountable, by sharing your reports with a coach or a friend.

Where are we?

We've spent the last 6 months going through the Customer Discovery and Validation process as part of the 2015 Georgia Tech Startup Competition.  During that time, we worked with excellent mentors, advisers, and engineers, in addition to other students pursuing startups.

We are currently working very hard to develop the software that will drive Oli.  Our hardware will be undergoing development to ensure it is light, strong, and durable.

Version 1 was originally designed to mount directly to the barbell using a magnet.  We ran into some problems during testing and had to rethink the design.

 Version 2 has now been redesigned to be worn on the arm.

How you can help

We are now at a critical point in our development and we need your help to bring Oli to life.  By contributing to our Kickstarter campaign you are:

  • Helping to take weightlifting in America to the next level.
  • Signing up to be on our team to make Oli great!
  • Driving the future of technology in weightlifting - your feedback is critical to making Oli the best tool for weightlifting.

Your pledges will go directly towards:

  • Hardware prototyping - Materials and machining are expensive in small quantities.  You can help us optimize our hardware and iterate more quickly.
  • Tooling for mass production - Setting up a mass production run is costly.  Your pledges will go towards the tooling and setup necessary to bring Oli to life in a cost-effective manner.
  • Purchasing components and raw materials - All materials and components must be ready to go before any production can begin.  These upfront costs are substantial and your pledges will ensure we can fulfill these orders.
  • Bringing on an additional engineer - We are the right team for the job, but bringing on an additional team member will help us move faster and ultimately deliver a better product to you.
  • Certifications - Consumer products need to meet many certifications.  These certifications must be done by an accredited lab and are very expensive.  They will help us ensure Oli is able to stand up to anything you put it through in the gym.

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Who are we?

Jeremy Hill - Mechanical Engineering
Jeremy Hill - Mechanical Engineering

I grew up in Oklahoma where I started strength training as a teenager.  It started as a way to get better at football, but I grew to enjoy the gym more than the field.  I went to Oklahoma State University where I earned two bachelor degrees: one in Mechanical Engineering and another in Aerospace Engineering.  I learned a great deal about designing unmanned aerial vehicles, but I let myself get out of shape in the process.  I moved to Atlanta, GA to attend graduate school at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  I earned my Masters degree in Aerospace Engineering and am currently pursuing my PhD. I found CrossFit and Olympic Weightlifting over a year ago and it has changed my life.  I want to take what I have learned and help others take their training to the next level.

Pete Mangum - Biomedical Engineering
Pete Mangum - Biomedical Engineering

I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012. In addition to my academic studies, I competed in football with the UNC Tar Heels earning numerous awards including UNC Senior Team Captain and an Atlantic Coast Conference Senior Scholar Athlete Award. During this time I learned from some of the smartest strength coaches in athletics. I’m currently completing my MS in Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. I have been trained by some of the best, and now I want to share my knowledge with other aspiring athletes.

Vision

Oli was founded with the belief that barbell exercises are the most effective way for people to train and develop a solid foundation for a healthy life.

We are constantly striving to develop simple yet powerful tools for weightlifters to analyze and improve their lifts, as well as, help them achieve their goals in a safe and efficient manner.

Thank You!

We want to thank you for checking out our campaign.  It has been an amazing journey so far and we hope that, with your help, we can bring the Oli band to your gym bag!

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Risks and challenges

We have been working very hard to learn exactly who our customers are and what they care about. There is still a lot of work to be done developing and refining our algorithms to give you the most accurate data possible. Much progress has been made on the hardware and the prototypes we show are real - not just renderings. Although our current prototype has served well as a minimal viable product, there are several internal changes that need to happen to make it lighter, stronger, and easier to manufacture in large quantities. Because of that it is possible that the size and shape changes of the final product will differ from those we've shown in the video.

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