About this project
Prototype Patch as of today:
At FitPal we know that Step Count, Heart Rate, Sleep Quality and Distance Walked provides helpful information on your path to an overall healthy lifestyle. Yet this information is limited. We understand that each heartbeat gives an in-depth explanation about what is really going on. This analysis can bring true insight into the activities of your life and what that means to you.
FitPal has designed a complete and comprehensive Fitness, Health and Wellness platform. By combining decades of research and experience with the latest technologies available, our team of medical doctors & scientists have perfected the interpretation of heart readings, providing an infinitely greater solution than other heart rate wearables available today. Whether you are looking to boost your performance to the next level or are in need of practical health improvements, FitPal can provide the information you need to reach your goals.
HRV (Heart Rate Variability) is the variation of time between individual heart beats. For example, someone with an average heart rate of 60 beats per minute may not have heartbeat intervals that are exactly 1.0 seconds apart. Instead, individual heartbeats may fluctate from 0.5 to 2.0 seconds apart. With the right tools, these variations provide a clear, measurable picture of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS).
ANS (Autonomic Nervous System) controls the health and operation of every organ and therefore can be used to immediately assess the positive and negative changes happening in the body before any visible symptoms occur. For decades, HRV Analysis was used by researches and other professionals to detect an immediate and long-term impact to the body from the use of experimental medications, evaluate the effectiveness of exercising, diet, music, healing therapies, stress management techniques, impact of the long-lasting spaceship travel…
FitPal HRV Specialists have been part of many of such research projects around the world for decades, and now bringing this science to FitPal consumers to help them improve their fitness and lifestyle, be immediately aware of their health trends and risks they might face, see real-time stress levels, their health, fitness and cardio improvements as directly ‘reported’ by their ANS.
Where things are at in developmentWe have a fully functional prototype placed on the torso to ensure a reliable signal and practical use of the wearable. We are currently using an iPhone app with implemented algorithms that capture the signal from the Patch, calculates stress and fitness levels, exercise recovery data and important health parameters. It is being tested in a variety of scenarios day and night.
Prototype Application in-action:
This prototype application is using a production level algorithm of detecting stress level during a 2 minute assessment during which the person has to remain still. The existing algorithm is going to be enhanced so that no user interactions is necessary. Stress levels will be calculated automatically while you're working, exercising, resting, eating, sleeping, etc.
Energy levels / Fitness Capacity:
A person’s cardiovascular system is evaluated while sitting and in the process of standing up followed by a recovery period. Depending on what effort it takes for the body to stand up, the energy level is calculated accordingly. This technology is already in production to asses safe limits. The FitPal Patch algorithms are being enhanced to be an interaction-free assessment of the fitness capacity or energy level.
Basic sleep quality test based on the movements during the sleep. It will be enhanced for the FitPal Patch to perform a full HRV analysis during the sleep to evaluate the sleep quality, regardless of any movements made during the sleep.
The FitPal team has been actively developing Heart Rate Monitoring solutions for the professional sector for more than 20 years. Our technologies have been used by large corporations, professional sports teams, retired military, firefighters and many Universities in the USA, Europe and Japan…
Our technologies were used in the MARS500 project - the full length flight simulation to Mars conducted by European Space Agency (ESA) and Russian Federal Space Agency . Now we want your help to bring this technology to your home.
To All Former AmpStrip Backers:
We’ve heard from many of you with personal stories, questions and some concerns about FitPal and if there is any connection or affiliation whatsoever with the FitLinxx Company or the AmpStrip device. We absolutely do not. We are very aware of the situation that happened to their supporters. While we are not quick to speak too candidly concerning the shortcoming of others, We do firmly believe that our devices and solution is a magnitude better than any other that is out there.
Please join us and get behind our efforts. We have big plans that will make the FitPal Platform the most complete and universal solution in the world. We have both the hardware and software experience. Now we simply need your support to take things the entire way!
FitPal is a small company based out of Seattle, WA with the goal of taking Fitness, Health and Wellness to new levels. Our team consists of scientists, doctors, software & mechanical engineering professionals, designers, personal trainers, and business leaders. This combined experience gives us the strength and ability to not only understand the depth of the information we are handling but the execution experience to make it a reality. We are committed to the success of FitPal and those that can be helped the most – you!
We know the backer community plays an integral role in the development of the FitPal Patch and applications. That's why, through Kickstarter, we're not only making our heart rate analysis tracking program available to our early adopters (you!), we're forging deep relationships with a passionate community of individuals that are connected by an overarching goal --to improve their fitness, health, and wellness.
Kickstarter, along with your partnership and support, will enable our team to open the power of FitPal to the world. This power will create a positive ripple effect in the fitness, health and wellness of millions. If you're ready to change your life, or the life of someone you care about, please support our campaign and spread the word!
Risks and challenges
We are thrilled to be launching our first ever direct-to-consumer device. We have been delivering hardware and software to our professional clients for more than two decades - however, we know that the most important part of our process is that we fulfill our promise to you, our backers, and deliver the FitPal Patch on time!
We have working prototypes and functioning supporting software. Our challenges will be related to ensuring functional perfection for a broad range of uses in a variety of conditions.
We are certainly up for this challenge and confident we will deliver! We will continue to work hard, and of course, keep you informed every step of the way!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
FitPal Patch is a heart rate wearable that can stick to the torso or chest area, and can be work 24/7 while sleeping, working, exercising, swimming or taking shower, working or playing. It is built to fit seamlessly into your lifestyle while it helps you track it. It is a slim, flexible, waterproof device that tracks and assesses continuous, real-time heart rate information, evaluates exercise readiness and give insight into health risks and much more. It easily sticks to the torso and can be comfortably worn every day, all day. The wearable streams the real-time data to your smart phone, and also stores the data on the internal storage.
FitPal Patch is designed for < 2% cardio measurement error. This brings it to the medical grade quality.
Yes. FitPal estimates burned calories from the heart rate activity.
You'll only need to take it off when it is in need of re-charging. The app notifies you that its time to recharge the patch or to replace the adhesives due to weaker signal quality. It is removed by slowly pealing the adhesive off your torso.
Depending on the activity level and how long it was used in the water, the adhesive can last up to 7 days
For a pack of 40, we anticipate the cost to be approximately $20-25. We'll do our best to make the adhesives cost as low as possible.
Adhesives will be made of hypoallergenic material and is unlikely to cause a rush on the skin.
WIll FitPal application provide a biofeedback breathing training to help reduce stress and improve relaxation?
Yes. FitPal App will have a built-in training feature along with real-time biofeedback mechanism. We've already tested the technology used behind this feature for decades with many stress management counselors, military rehabilitation specialists, and thousands of ordinary people like us.
We are very aware of the Ampstrip product and their decision to end their efforts. While some have chosen to abandon one market to focus on another, FitPal is here to stay.
We've spent the past two decades developing and servicing the Professional community such as Universities, Scientists, Professional Athletes and even Space Agencies. We also are confident that our timeline is a 'worst-case-scenario' estimate. We are daily working towards the end-goal and hope that all of you who found value in the initial promise of the other device, will jump fully into helping and supporting us - because we will complete this and deliver!
FitPal is designed to be compliant with the Bluetooth SIG Health Device Profile, which means exposing heart rate, steps, temperature, etc. through the standard Bluetooth interfaces which any third-party application can use.
YES! FitPal will support both ANT+ and Bluetooth.
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