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What is Gaiteye.
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Meet the GaiteyeSensor – FIRST and MOST advanced footpod of its kind.
The Gaiteye Sensor is the new revolution within gait analysis taking the runners training analysis and performance monitoring to new heights.
Tracking our training and progress motivates most runners. It is however difficult to improve anything, if you cannot measure where you are coming from.
With existing running gadgets today you can track WHETHER you have improved since last run. However until NOW no other footpod has been able to answer WHY you have improved - i.e. the biomechanics behind it all.
With Gaiteye, the new revolution within gait analysis, it is now possible to monitor up to 15 key biomechanical metrics in realtime leading to optimal running economy and reducing the risk of injury.
Our ambition with Gaiteye is to set new standards for how we do gait analysis in the future and make it all available to the runner on the fly. This is where it really matters and where it can make that vital difference that sets one runner apart from the other, letting him run faster, longer and easier - hence our slogan: “Challenge the way we run”.
During the last 10 years many running experts have been preaching the importance of natural running. Heel striking should be avoided and midfoot or forefoot striking should be preferred for optimal running performance. With Gaiteye, we can actually measure a runners striking position and furthermore give the runner audio feedback on how to optimize their running performance on the fly. Combining that with our metrics for pronation guide, ground contact time, stride cadence, stride length and many more key biomechanical parameters, proves that we mean what we say - Gaiteye really does keep an eye on your gait.
WHY BUY THE GAITEYE SENSOR:
- First and Most advanced footpod of its kind in the market.
- Easy to use 4 simple steps and you are ready to be the best you can be.
- Realtime Audio Feedback on your running performance.
- Virtual coach set your targets and benchmark your performance.
- Long battery lifetime - up to 9hrs. continuous use.
- Wireless charging through induction charging so no change of battery ie. no ongoing costs.
How does it work.
Watch our How to video below and see how to get started with the Gaiteye sensor.
Whats Included in the Gaiteye package
- Gaiteye Sensor with dedicated iOS App available in App store in january.
- Wireless charging pad for recharging Gaiteye sensor
- Neoprene sensor pocket strap for attaching Gaiteye™ sensor to shoe
- Wall charger with USB connectivity
Gaiteye Sensor Tech Specs
- Size: 40mm/1.57inches (length) x 31mm/1.22inches(width) x 11mm/0.43inches(height)
- Weight: 13 grams / 0.03 Pounds
- Battery: Built-in rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery (9 hrs continuous use per. recharge cycle)
- Connectivity: Bluetooth Smart (BLE) and synchronizes data with MS SQL database in the cloud
- Compatability: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch with iOS 6.1+ (*Android compatability coming in 2015*)
- Firmware: Wireless sensor firmware update via Gaiteye app.
- Languages: English (supports both imperial and metric units of measurement)
- Place of origin: Denmark
Unique App. Features
- Set targets and benchmark your running performance in real time
- Audio feedback in real time on running performance
- Use my statistics and historic overview to analyze your running performance
- Share running performance via social media with friends, family, running coach or physiotherapist.
1. App screenshot with real time 3 minute data on HEEL, MIDFOOT and FOREFOOT striking. Comparing that with the set targets displayed under the 3 feet icons gives you the striking GOAL. Data can be changed from showing per/km to per/min through the icon in the bottom right hand corner. Through this icon you can also choose Treadmill mode making the sensor totally independent from GPS.
2. Pronation guide displaying the set targets under the PRONATION, NEUTRAL and SUPINATION icon. Real time data is displayed like in picture 1 as with all the parameters.
3. Ground Contact Time (milliseconds), Stride Lenght (cm) and Cadence (steps/min). Set targets displayed under the icons.
4. Speed (km/hr), Time (min), Tempo (min/km). Set targets displayed under the icons.
5. Pulse (bpm), Vo2Max ( ml/min/kg) and HR Rest (bpm). Any bluetooth smart heart rate monitor is necessary to get these parameters. If you don´t have one you can choose the reward containing a Gaiteye heart rate monitor. The goal is displayed in 5 heart rate zone categories depending on your intensity. (1.very light 2.light 3.moderate 4.hard 5.maximum)
6. Setting and changing your targets for optimal running performance can be done anytime, by yourself, your trainer, your physiothrapist.
7. My Statistics gives an overall display of your running performance on a specific date giving you the opportunity to analyse on any running history.
8. Benchmark Report gives you the opportunity to compare any 2 performed runs with each other. Mind that the data displayed are dummy numbers.
What have we accomplished the last 3 years.
The Initial Idea
As shown on the timeline the idea for what is now the Gaiteye sensor dates back more than 3 years. The initial idea was to develop a sensor which was able to determine which type of running shoe that would fit a certain runner. So basically the idea was to develop a sensor which was able to determine a runner’s pronation, i.e Supination, Neutral or Pronation. A lot of time was spent on determining the best place to position the sensor in order to be able to detect the angles of interest and at the same time make installation/mounting on the foot/shoe as simple as possible.
The Sensor Data/Metrics
When we started analyzing how running gait analysis is done today and which parameters are important to look at when talking about running technique (Chi, Pose etc.) we started adding parameters such as Striking Position (Heel Strike, Forefoot, Midfoot), Stride Cadence etc. to our list of parameters that we would like to monitor with the Gaiteye sensor. This was what lead us to the product that we have today and hopefully we are able to add more parameters in the future.
Choice of Wireless Technology
Initially we were using ANT+ as the wireless technology and the sensor data would then be sent to a PC or phone via an ANT+ USB dongle. Some ANT+ prototypes were developed and tested with good results, but when Apple released their iPhone 4S at the end of 2011 as the first Smartphone with the Bluetooth 4.0 (also known as Bluetooth Smart or Bluetooth Low Energy) specification implemented, we decided to look in that direction instead. Looking back we have no regrets, and believe that Bluetooth Low Energy is the right choice for our product. At the time when we started developing a Bluetooth Low Energy solution Apple´s iOS operating system contained a well defined framework for developing Apps which can interface with other Bluetooth Low Energy enabled devices such as sensors. This is why we have chosen to develop our first Gaiteye App for iOS devices. We are aware that we will have a lot of potential customers who use Android Smartphones, so an Android App definitely has high priority in 2015 as shown on our timeline.
Some of the most important requirements that we wanted our Gaiteye sensor to fulfill were:
- Wireless data transfer to a Smartphone App.
- Wireless Firmware Update via App.
- Wireless Charging.
- No buttons or connectors.
- As small and lightweight as possible.
We have brain stormed more than 20 different concepts for mounting the sensor on a running shoe. The factors that we found most important were that it must be easy to install it (fx. without removing shoe laces) and it must be securely fastened to the shoe to avoid false measurements and the risk of losing the sensor during running.
Cube movement: On the video you see how the motion sensor inside the Gaiteye sensor is able to measure fast changing angles.
Until now there has been no way of measuring striking position accurately, in realtime and under normal running conditions. Since you cannot improve, what you cannot measure, it has been the mission of the Gaiteye team over the last 3 years to change all that and take gait analysis to the next level.
See and judge for yourself in the short video below showing a test made in our humble basement headquarters. The recording is made at 8 km/hr, making it easy for the viewer to distinguish between the three striking positions – heel, midfoot and forefoot. The same promising tests have been made for 12, 15 and 18 km/hr proving that our sensor works.
Note – the app settings in this test are set to count 180 steps and then refresh. After approximately 24 seconds into the video (warm up period), you will therefore see the heel striking % resetting to 100% corresponding with the runners striking position at that time.After that you should be able to see the changes in striking position made by the runner and correspondingly on the test app for the next 180 steps
Proof of Concept
A lot of hours have been spent on the road and on tread mills in order to get a proof of concept and to obtain the results that we knew were possible. It has not been easy because a runner´s foot is not in contact with the ground for very long, in fact only about a fifth of a second, which sets very high requirements to the data sampling rate etc. We are very satisfied with the result and we can´t wait to release the product in early 2015.
Market release. 29 august 2014
We market realeased Gaiteye on the 29. august 2014 in connection with DHL, the largest relay race in the world with over 140.000 attendents during 5 days.
Powerade Copenhagen half Marathon. 12-14 september 2014
Our first Gaiteye exhibition at the Copenhagen half Marathon. A big event with 20.000 visitors and 11.000 attendants. The interest and feedback from the visitors on our product was simply overwhelming and more than we had dreamed of. We even had worlds number 4 in triathlon Jens Toft to try our prototype and was very impressed.
Article in Danish newspaper Politiken. 19 september 2014.
Article in the largest newspaper in Denmark, Politiken. The Danish accredited sports journalist Per Munch saw our product at the Copenhagen half Marathon exhibition and decided to write about us. These types of articles is exactly what a small start-up company needs to increase the awareness of Gaiteye.
Article in the Danish triathlon community Trigasm.
24 september 2014. The Danish triathlon community Trigasm writing about us and giving us an extra boost of awareness.
BMW Berlin Marathon, 25-28 september 2014.
Our second Gaiteye exhibition at one of the largest marathon events in the world with over 90.000 visitors and 40.000 attendants. A huge success for Gaiteye with lots of interest from visitors, journalists and other exhibitors. A german accredited sports journalist even stated that it was the most innovated product at the exhibition.
3 years down the road.
We are very proud of what we have accomplished over the last 3 years and we hope that you will support us in getting this, in our opinion, fantastic product on running shoes worldwide
Why do we need you.
We’ve been working on Gaiteye for over 3 years now. The Gaiteye that you see in the video and on the pictures is a real, working prototype. With your support, we can bring Gaiteye onto running shoes worldwide. While we're close to entering production, your contribution will help fund:
- Validation of calibration.
- CE and FCC approval.
- Production tooling.
- Large component order.
- Usability test.
- Assembly and quality testing.
- Syncronization with fitness portals (endomondo, Strava, runkeeper)
- Android app.
- Bluetooth watch integration.
- Dashboard development.
Each Gaiteye package includes:
- Gaiteye Sensor with dedicated iOS App available in App store in january.
- Wireless charging pad for recharging Gaiteye sensor.
- Neoprene sensor pocket strap for attaching Gaiteye sensor to shoe.
- Wall charger with USB connectivity.
In some rewards the Gaiteye Sport Armband is included.
The Gaiteye Sport Armband for iPhone is a durable, washable armband case that keeps your phone secure and protected
- Flexible, lightweight, smooth and soft
- Provides protection from bumps, scratches, dust etc.
- Made of lightweight, breathable and elastic neoprene material that´s water resistant and hand washable
- Length of the armband: 43cm/16.9inches x 48cm/18.9inches x 50cm/19.7 inches • Thickness of the neoprene: 1.0mm/0.04inches x 2.0mm/0.08inches x 3.0mm/0.12inches x 3.5mm/1.38inches
- Colour: Black.
In some rewards the Gaiteye Bluetooth Heart rate monitor is included.
compatible with Bluetooth 4.0 (Low Energy / SMART) enabled smartphones.
- Slim and lightweight design fitting to any chest sizes.
- Premium textile strap sensor enables minimum friction against your skin when running
- More than 12 months of operation time on a single coin cell.
- Machine washable and persperation resistant for max. running comfort.
- Long range – detects and transmits data up to 10 meters.
ALL REWARDS HAVE FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD INCLUDED !!!
Risks and challenges
Since we already have working prototypes that have been tested and demoed at several events over the last 3 months, the risks of us not reaching our goal with this project are low. Several key partners including physiotherapists, biomechanical experts from Sports Universities have tested and validated the calibration and the feedback is very positive. The first pre-orders have already been placed, so we are very confident that we have unique product that adheres to the demands of the active runner.
The founding team together with the different specialists cover all the core competences needed to produce and launch a product of this kind. The sourcing of necessary components has already started and the assembly of the product has been made as simple as possible, so no mistakes can be made. Furthermore since everything is manufactured and tested here in Denmark, we are close to our main suppliers and partners. Hence we are personally involved in all parts of the value chain including assembly and testing.
We have designed the Gaiteye sensor in a way that we can always update both firmware and software remotely via Bluetooth from the Gaiteye app, so that all service and maintenance of software is a matter of a simple click on a button to update.
However with all new technology in a fast moving industry there are always risks and challenges involved: component changes, quality issues with components from external suppliers, challenges with international sales and delivery etc. etc. All issues which can challenge and delay our schedules. We have done everything possible to minimize these challenges by reaching as far as possible with the project through own personal funding before involving others. We promise to keep you updated on the progress from here on and look forward to welcoming you into the Gaiteye community.
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