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$8,827
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, September 3 2016 4:41 PM UTC +00:00
$8,827
pledged of $57,000pledged of $57,000 goal
94
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, September 3 2016 4:41 PM UTC +00:00

About

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Visit us at Neurospectrum.com for updates on the Monolith Electronic Posture Coach.

Neurospectrum.com
Neurospectrum.com

We’re a small team of engineers, designers, and medical professionals focused on solving the posture issues sedentary jobs have brought to our society. Committed to the idea that anyone can re-learn ideal posture with the right coaching, we designed a product to be the perfect coach. Combining state of the art medical understanding of the spine with comprehensive back and neck monitoring, we created the Electronic Posture Aid. After significant design iteration and rigorous testing, this product is ready to ship and serves as the shortest term reward for pledges. 

With this pilot device as a stepping stone, the main goal of this project is to fuel mass market production of our new Monolith Posture Coach, a refined accessory based on the posture technology we developed over the past few years. Featuring a modern, newly designed electronics unit, the Monolith is a comprehensive biofeedback-based posture coach designed to integrate with your daily attire while demonstrating a bold commitment to posture. Lightweight and low-profile, it springs to life when your posture degrades, coaching you toward your ergonomic ideal. With the Monolith, we’re also introducing our patented ergonomic analysis software.

Join our project by pledging for either the Monolith set to ship once mass production is complete or the inaugural Electronic Posture Aid versions with or without our software suite.

Monolith Posture Coach
Monolith Posture Coach

 Highlights

  • Designed by interdisciplinary clinical and biomechanics team
  • Patented 30 minutes per day posture coach
  • No restriction to freedom of movement
  • Usage Analytics on Android, iPhone & Web
  • One size fits all - Kids 5', 1.5 meters to adults 6’6”, 2 meters height.
  • Only 2 ounces

The Past: The Human (De)Evolution

Posture has always been an integral part of what it means to be human. Standing on two legs was the evolutionary trick that launched our species ahead of our fellow hominoids. Unfortunately, as our society has advanced, many of us spend more time sitting at desks than standing, and our posture has degraded along with this trend. This postural regression has led to a variety of musculoskeletal ailments, particularly neck and back issues.

The Future: Re-learn Strong Posture with a Little Coaching

This conundrum inspired us to leverage our technology in the struggle to overcome poor posture. Many say bad posture is one of the top habits they'd like to break. The challenge, then, becomes paying attention long enough to form new habits when your mind is on your work or other tasks. That’s where our product comes in, gently reminding you when you've lapsed like a watchful friend.

Keeping an eye on your entire spine, not just a segment like your neck or lower back, the Electronic Posture Aid simultaneously coaches cervical, thoracic, lumbar segments and abdominal muscle posture. It can be used by anyone, without impeding freedom of motion.

By elastically spanning cervical, thoracic, and lumbar segments, our device monitors the spine segments in concert, not in isolation. This collective monitoring is both necessary for true postural evaluation and a unique attribute of our technology.

Where We Are Now

We’ve developed our Electronic Posture Aid over the past year and a half, emphasizing comfort and hardcore biomechanics. We’re delighted with its functionality and excited to share it with a large audience for the first time.

The Plan

After self funding our recent pilot production run, the next step in our product’s evolution is to transform its technology into a health-promoting fashion accessory for mass market use. That’s what this Kickstarter project is about. After recreating our posture technology in a beautiful new prototype and adding mobile and web-based software, we hope to raise funds for full scale manufacturing of this Monolith Posture Coach.

How it Works: Magnetic Distance Sensing

The Monolith constantly evaluates the position of your neck and back via a magnetic sensor, measuring flux density as a proxy for distance. Recognizing the characteristics of your desired posture, it gives you friendly reminders when your posture collapses beyond a threshold you set for yourself.

The Monolith Posture Coach provides visual, tactile, or auditory feedback to alert you when slouching and leverages this patented technology with mobile apps. 

How to Use: 30 Minutes Per Day

Recognizing that some postural variability is every bit as important as avoiding prolonged slouching, using our devices only 30 minutes per day is optimal for establishing proper posture. This ideal 30-minutes is long enough to adjust kinesthetic pathways in the brain and short enough that developing muscles stay strong and limber.

For younger users, these products offer coaching before biomechanical regression occurs, training proper posture in harmony with modern habits from the start.

 Usage Analytics on Web, Apple & Android

We're adding usage analytics enabled by synching the Monolith with iPhone and Android through Bluetooth. With data uploaded to our servers through the phone, you’ll also be able to view it on our website’s Analytics Dashboard.  

Break down your ergonomic data for a month, a week, a day or an hour. Review your performance or keep a distant eye on your kids’ posture, while you’re busy elsewhere.

Features

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How We'll Use the Funds

Below we’ve outlined our cost projections for the Monolith production at the center of this campaign. Though our goal with the project is to fuel a mass market launch, to avoid paying prototype prices, we must at least cover manufacturing costs for a minimum order quantity of 1000 units.  With this constraint in mind, here’s how our $57,000 funding goal breaks down:

$21,000 - Tooling the Injection molds for plastic forming

$1,000 - Molded parts

$12,000 - Electronics manufacturing

$9,000 - Sewing and assembly

$1,000 - Packaging production

$3,000 - Device chargers

$5,000 - Shipping and logistics (from manufacturer)

$5,000 - Kickstarter fees & transaction fees (8-10%)

Schedule

Pledge Rewards

All pledges will go directly toward Monolith production. 

Risks and challenges

New manufacturing is never easy. Whether refining the injection molding process, optimizing firmware, finalizing hardware at scale, or orchestrating an efficient assembly algorithm, mass product fabrication brings a variety of challenges.

Fortunately, our experience with the Electronic Posture Aid has gone a long way in minimizing risk for Monolith production. We’ve already tested our suppliers and faced off with the inherent pitfalls of volume manufacturing, learning valuable lessons and gaining an understanding of the time and investment needed. Having already created and tested this pilot device and prepared it for sale, we believe the acumen we've gained will be critical in executing our next generation Monolith.

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Funding period

- (60 days)