About this project
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)
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
- Exerted Force / Pressure
- Steps Walked
- Heart Rate
- Sleep Quality
- 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
- 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
- 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!
To provide every individual with a simple, effective, and motivating way to enhance fitness and wellness – anywhere, anytime.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
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
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