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iShoe IncBy iShoe Inc
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iShoe IncBy iShoe Inc
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$10,842
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35
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, October 12 2015 10:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

The En Pointe balance scale was developed by the start-up iShoe, based in Houston, Texas. Our technology was invented at NASA, and we're on a mission to improve the planet's balance. 

We have been featured on CNN, CBS, and ABC, and in many major newspapers in the USA. Our technology was named “top 20 breakthroughs that will change medicine” by Popular Mechanics, and called the "most promising company" at the Rice Alliance Life Science Forum.

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We want to empower people to take control of their balance, and maintain their independence. Senior citizens should not be dismissed with excuses that bad balance is a normal part of aging. It's not. 

Our device was originally developed to test the balance of NASA’s  astronauts because microgravity disrupts various elements of balance, putting the astronauts at risk for falls and injury upon landing. Before we created the En Pointe scale, it wasn't possible to predict when someone was at risk of falling without visiting a highly specialized clinic. 

In 60 seconds our scale will tell you if you’re at high, moderate or low risk of falling, in the comfort of your own home. And because even simple things, like a poor night’s sleep, or a worried mind, can affect your balance, you can test yourself as often as you like. 

Since 2007 we have been testing seniors in Houston, Texas, gathering data and working with them to improve their balance. In March 2015, we were awarded a place in the Texas Medical Center's Accelerator program (TMCx), and since then the team has grown, we've finalized the second generation prototype, created the app that accompanies it, and are ready to take our product to market.

We now need funding to enable us to start manufacturing. With your help, we aim to deliver to our Early Bird backers by end of March 2016, with regular backers and special editions following in April 2016. After that excitement is over, we will begin selling units directly via our website and other internet retailers.

About Balance

Currently, 1 in 3 adults over 65 fall, and for many it results in injury, loss of independence, even death. Many senior citizens are worried about falling, but fewer than half talk to anyone about it. Most people wrongly believe there is nothing they can do to improve their balance.

A person’s ability to balance and not fall over is actually a very complex task and uses many physiological systems: the brain, muscles, reflexes and lots of sensory systems. As we age, we become more sedentary, challenge our bodies less, and so they adapt to this new ‘normal’. Over time this can lead to general weakness in one or more systems that makes it more likely that we will fall. 

Balance Pyramid
Balance Pyramid

You can think of your balance as a pyramid of acrobats, each representing a lifestyle factor that you have some control over: sleep, strength, fitness, nutrition, medications, etc. When all the acrobats are strong, the pyramid is strong. But if even one is weak, the whole structure is weak and at risk of falling.

The included app helps users assess their personal balance profile and find their weak points. It also contains links to balance classes near them. They can track their progress over time, and share their scores with family and friends if they choose. 

Risks and challenges

On top of the rigorous testing of our methodology and the scale itself, we have already spent a lot of time on design and user experience for the scale. Based upon our 5 years of testing in the community, we are reasonably confident that we’ve got it right.

However, as with any new product, there can be unforeseen complications and delays with manufacturing and testing. So far we have made every scale by hand and we have tried to plan to make it an efficient build, we may still come across necessary changes after final testing. This would delay us, but not derail us.

We know the technology works, we know our test subjects love it when they use it. We are confident we will get there. And we promise to be open and keep you updated with all milestones regularly on the road ahead.

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