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Turn downtime into exercise time with TAO™ - world’s 1st mobile, isometric work out system. Great video game controller too! Read more

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Turn downtime into exercise time with TAO™ - world’s 1st mobile, isometric work out system. Great video game controller too!

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WHAT IS TAO™?

TAO is cell-phone-sized exercise device and works with a free mobile app (android & iOS). 

It seems hard to believe such a small electronic device can provide such a big workout, but TAO was validated by thousands who tried the TAO prototype out at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.

TAO was nominated for "Best of CES 2014" and received glowing endorsements. You don’t need to take our word for it - check out TAO's press reviews and see what engadget, the Verge, MSN, CNET, Daily Beast, the BBC and many other reporters & bloggers say about TAO after trying it at CES. 

TAO is healthy fun™ because as Mashable put it: "TAO allows you to work out anywhere — a desk, an airplane seat and even while watching TV."

As Venture Beat put it, TAO is "a tiny gym in your pocket.”

TAO is unique (and patented) because unlike all the trackers and monitors, you can actually exercise with TAO, anywhere. The exercises are based on isometrics, similar to some yoga and Pilates mechanics. TAO's app coaches you through the exercises making it a game.

TAO is an excellent game controller.  Here's a short video showing Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan on National TV (Live w/Kelly&Michael 2/4/14) playing a video game with TAO (Kelly won).

Here's a short movie showing our IT Director, Nick, usingTAO to play popular mobile games (with a great dub soundtrack)

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 Here's a link to TAO inventor Dr. Kosta Yanev's explanation of how TAO came to be:  http://tao-wellness.com/interview-of-dr-kostadin-yanev-phd-founder-tao-wellness/

Here's the new design that works with our improved pressure-sensing system.  3D renders of the design can be seen on our website  http://tao-wellness.com

Here's a short video about our CES debut.

Stay Involved! We need your help to spread the word! 

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FOLLOW us on Twitter via @taowellshell

How TAO works

You push, TAO resists.  TAO comes with more than 50 Variobic™ exercises (based on isometrics like Yoga or planking), explained clearly in the phone app. Simply hold the TAO WellShell in your hands (against your thighs, against your desk, between your knees, etc.) and just press it™.  Push hard. TAO’s app coaches you to press more or press less, and when to hold and for how long.It shows a path for you to follow and measures the force you apply.It also tells you when to rest and how many reps to do.

Here’s an example: work out your abdominals by pushing the TAO WellShell with both hands against the top of your thigh.  Squeeze your core; posture erect.  TAO coaches you audibly via the app to press harder, or ease up slightly; how to hold and for how long; when to rest and when to start your next rep.

The TAO app (Android or iOS) pairs with the TAO WellShell to coach users through the Variobic™ exercises, and allows exercisers to adjust the intensity and duration of the workout.  The app also receives heart rate and pedometer info from the TAO WellShell sensors. TAO even measures your steps when it’s off so you don’t use up the battery. 

TAO also offers gamification features to help you through your fitness routine.  Instead of following your exercise graph, you can control a downhill skier and compete with your friends.  You can also use TAO to control popular mobile games such as JetPack JoyRide, which was a favorite at CES.

WHY KICKSTARTER?

We showed the TAO WellShell to the world as a prototype that we made ourselves with a 3D-printer. It demonstrated to everyone at CES that TAO gives you a real workout. While we estimate that our prototypes pressed over 3,000,000 pounds at CES (wow!), we need to take TAO to the next level to be durable enough for consumers.

With your support we will optimize TAO for manufacturing - TAO Prototype 2.0. The TAO team consists of two dozen dedicated and talented individuals that have spent over three years creating TAO.  Here are some of the prototype models we've made over the years.

The little silver one at the bottom right is the "mini," less than 3 inches in diameter! The Mini won't be ready until 2015 but we gave a few folks a sneak preview of the Mini at CES 2014. Here's another shot of the prototypes (all but the mini) on a table.

Your contribution will help bring in needed experts in manufacturing who will advise us in selecting the best components and materials for the TAO 2.0 WellShell prototype. TAO Prototype 2.0 may have its appearance updated once again during the optimization for manufacturing process.

Join the TAO team.  Pledge your support and get your own TAO in time for the holidays. 
 
The more money we raise, the more TAO WellShells we can make and send out to you!

You can also get TAO swag - a styling baseball cap and a handy USB charger.  More info and photos of all the rewards further down in this description.

And here's a sneak peek at the Luxury TAO with the custom, handmade leather cover.  Chic white pebbled leather with red stitching.  Designed in France and held by TAO inventor, Dr. Kosta Yanev. 

We won't stop innovating and improving TAO.  Our goal is for the TAO WellShell to be the connector between entire ecosystems of apps and devices.  Your TAO Variobics™ exercises will upload to all your fitness apps and trackers, and you'll be able to use the TAO WellShell to play video games and channel surf.  Integrate exercise into everything you do - that's our goal! 

               Here's the Schedule

EXERCISE WITH TAO

The exercises – called “Variobics™” - use the same isometric principles as Pilates, yoga and planking. People at CES were blown away - doing a set of reps with TAO is serious exercise. TAO is validated - tested by thousands of people at CES. 

Here's a video link to Android Spin taking TAO for a test drive at CES 

Here's a video link to the TXT Nation demo of TAO at CES

Further down below are many links to articles by Engadget, The Verge, Crave, Mashable, Venture Beat, CNET and many others describing their demos with TAO.

Here's a short video showing people exercising with TAO for the first time.

At the office? Watching the kids? On an airplane? You can still exercise and choose to use your time to improve your wellness. Here's a short video showing busy people exercising with TAO.

Plus using TAO as a game controller makes the workout fun. As the Daily Beast says, TAO is a "perfect fit for road warriors and desk jockeys alike." Here's a short video showing folks using TAO to control a popular mobile game and also a multiplayer Sumo game we developed.

 

FEATURES

Metrics Tracked
  • Exerted Force / Pressure 
  • Steps Walked 
  • Heart Rate
  • Sleep Quality
Sensors
  • Force/Pressure sensor – Precisely monitors exertion in Variobic™ exercises and provides instant feedback.
  • High-resolution, ultralow-power 3-axis accelerometer for maximum precision in activity tracking and interface navigation
  • Optoelectronic Heart Rate sensor – high-resolution conversion of light intensity to frequency delivers instant heart rate measurement
  • Gyroscope
Display and Controls 
  • OLED matrix display 
  • Red Green Blue LEDs 
  • "Tilt-Tap-Press" (TTP) navigation system on the TAO WellShell         This is our buttonless design -  natural, intuitive and seamless 
Connectivity 
  • Bluetooth 
Power and Battery 
  • Built in Lithium-ion battery Charging through standard micro-USB cable

UPDATES TO THE MOBILE APP

The TAO app (Android or iOS) coaches you through the Variobic™ exercises, and allows you to adjust the intensity and duration of the exercises.  The app also receives heart rate, sleep & pedometer info from the TAO WellShell sensors.  

The app we showed at CES also tracked nutrition and calories, and tracked all sorts of activity like soccer practice and dancing.  All this was synchronized on the TAO mobile app’s dashboard.

But the fact that you can actually exercise with TAO and get a set of reps in on the road, at work, or while watching TV makes our system truly valuable and completely unique. 

This is what resonated with everyone at CES - Turn Downtime into Exercise Time™.

Therefore we decided to focus on the exercise.The mobile app we’ll release for this campaign will not track nutrition, calories, or activity like running, dancing, soccer practice and going to the gym. We want to make sure the core functionality is optimized before the holidays and ready for prime time.

Variobics™, heart rate, steps, sleep.

TAO will remain unique in the world as our mobile exercise system is patented. 

Join the TAO team!  Whether you're a fitness pro who wants to utilize down time to work on specific muscle groups, or a busy person who wants to be healthier but can't carve out the time for the gym.  With TAO the only thing you need to get in better shape is a few minutes.  Anywhere, anytime.

PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT TAO

Click here to see more of what people are saying about the TAO WellShell!

OUR VISION

To provide every individual with a simple, effective, and motivating way to enhance fitness and wellness – anywhere, anytime.

ABOUT US

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

REWARDS

There are lots of ways to join the TAO team!

Risks and challenges

TAO-Wellness will be working with partners to make sure the optimization and manufacturing process goes smoothly. After over 20 years in the software business I know that things don't always go as planned.

Making new hardware add more challenges. We feel confident that we can make our deadlines, but we will not ship a substandard project. The TAO team will be working tirelessly to make sure we deliver TAO in time for the holiday season. If any unforeseen issues arise we will communicate them ASAP. Our goal is a community dedicated to improving their fitness despite today's busy schedules.

We are just as vulnerable as anyone else to current events, weather, and life's uncertainties, but we are marshaling the expertise and experience necessary to provide you with a reliable, durable and tested TAO WellShell and mobile app.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

FAQ

  • If you are an international fan who backs us for $165 (almost half the price) or for $299, we’ll ship a Tao WellShell to you overseas. Shipping is included at $165.

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Rewards

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    Pledge $5 or more

    2 backers

    Thank you! We'll thank you on the TAO website and make sure you're informed of all TAO news and updates.

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    Pledge $25 or more

    2 backers Limited (398 left of 400)

    The TAO baseball hat! This swag only available here! Comfortable grey hat featuring the orange TAO logo. Protect your eyes, shade your face, and show your commitment to fitness.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    TAO USB charger - while supplies last - this swag is only available here. You never have enough juice, and this portable, sleek charger can power any device connected to USB, including your TAO WellShell.
    Stuck on a long flight? No problem because you can exercise with TAO, and with this charger, you can make sure all your mobile devices keep on going.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    3 backers Limited (197 left of 200)

    The TAO baseball hat and the TAO USB charger - while supplies last - this swag is only available here. Note the 2fer deal here - when you bump up to this level! Look stylish while charging up your cell phone or Wellshell!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    141 backers Limited (859 left of 1000)

    Early Bird Special! Be one of the first to get the new TAO WellShell and mobile app and get it for one third the expected retail price.

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    Only ships to: United States
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    20 backers Limited (180 left of 200)

    Half Price! Be one of the first to get the TAO WellShell and mobile app and get it at half the expected retail price.

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    Pledge $165 or more

    24 backers Limited (976 left of 1000)

    Special offer just added for all our international fans - receive TAO at almost half price and at this level we'll ship overseas. Be the first to get the new TAO WellShell and mobile app and save!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    1 backer Limited (999 left of 1000)

    Save $75! Be one of the first to get the TAO WellShell and mobile app and get it $75 less than the expected retail price.

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    0 backers Limited (2500 left of 2500)

    Save $25! Be one of the first to get the TAO WellShell and mobile app and get it $25 less than the expected retail price.

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    Pledge $299 or more

    0 backers

    Special Delivery! Start TAOing before the retail public! Be one of the first to get the TAO WellShell and mobile app.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    7 backers Limited (13 left of 20)

    Trainers, Nutritionists and Health & fitness professionals - for a $500 contribution get the TAO WellShell & mobile app plus we will integrate your own fitness & nutrition program. Stay connected with your clients 24/7. Encourage them to develop healthy habits everyday, monitor their activity and reward their progress.

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    5 backers Limited (95 left of 100)

    Luxury TAO! We'll send a TAO WellShell with a custom, handmade leather cover. Chic white pebbled leather with red stitching. Designed in France. Take Exercise Anywhere™ and take it in style!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    11 backers Limited (9 left of 20)

    Company Hero! We'll send a TAO WellShell and mobile app to you and come to your organization to get your group going with TAO fitness. Increase health & wellness, decrease stress, and watch camaraderie and productivity soar.

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    4 backers Limited (1 left of 5)

    You're an Angel! Personally receive a Luxury TAO WellShell with handmade leather cover from the Company founders, Dr. Kosta Yanev and Philo Northrup in San Francisco, CA. We'll put you up in a great hotel overnight. We'll discuss TAO's history and future, walk along the Embarcadero, share a great meal, and a TAO Workout!

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