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WeFoos.comBy WeFoos.com
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WeFoos.comBy WeFoos.com
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$11,322
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Funding Unsuccessful
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Anyone playing competitive foosball knows that training is much more productive against a moving defense, but you'd be hard pressed to find someone to only move rods around. Looking through YouTube you'll find many examples of automated robotic foosball projects, but their solutions seem cost prohibitive, involve a lengthy installation, require too much space, and/or aren't made with a tournament player in mind. 

After two years of work with a group of university students, we were able to solve all of those problems. The FoosFit is affordable, compact, and easy to install on any table.   

The prototype version we debuted at the Tornado Championships (shown in the main campaign video) contained two simple controls, one slider for speed and one dial for range, and positioning of each rod had to be manually adjusted before turning the FoosFit on. 

This version was also fairly complicated to install, attachment was limited to a specific foosball table, and motors would seize if the rod hit the wall too hard.  

Our team at Aptus Engineering removed the previous analog controls and replaced them with a custom PCB board with Bluetooth connectivity. Using 3D print production, we're able to modify the box design to fit any table. Each device now self calibrates when powered on, eliminating the motor seizing issue. And conveniently, each FoosFit device attaches independently to each rod of your foosball table in under one minute, as seen below!   

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We now have three digital controls (speed, position, and range) within the FoosFocus progressive web app (PWA) as seen below.  

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The future for the FoosFit & FoosFocus involves a curriculum that will teach beginners the game of foosball, incorporate computer vision to allow for record and playback of any defense, and a platform that enables players to compete online. 

It's time for foosball to be reintroduced to today's tech driven world.  We believe a product that allows foosball to be connected for both online competition and training is a must have for the survival of the game in today's digital era.  And as you can see, we're not alone. 

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**The FoosFit currently holds "patent pending" status with the United States Patent & Trademark office.

Risks and challenges

We are constantly looking to improve the FoosFit and FoosFocus and have come upon some challenges along the way. For the app, we determined that the combination of Bluetooth connectivity with a PWA would be the fastest and easiest way to roll out future updates and improvements. Unfortunately, Apple iOS devices do not fully support the use of PWAs at this time, a compatibility issue that is currently being researched. For now--though the FoosFit comes with a default random defense--an Android 6.0 and above device, which supports Bluetooth 4.2 and above, is currently required to customize the configuration.

While we want to deliver the most affordable option to foosball players, finding a motor capable of faster speeds is something we're currently pursuing for future models.

Funding goals are to provide production costs and start us off with a little marketing budget.

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    The first 100 to pledge $350 or more will receive two(2) FoosFit devices with the biggest savings, 50% off of your custom color(s), and priority delivery! Attachable to any rod of ANY foosball table, the FoosFit is now digitally controlled via a progressive web app (PWA) that allows for speed, range, and position of your defender. You'll receive free and full access to all features and software updates we add for the first year. NOTICE: NOT AVAILABLE FOR iOS - Minimum requirements for all features of the FoosFit and FoosFocus PWA are an Android 6.0 device with Bluetooth 4.2

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    (2)FoosFit & FoosFocus app

    For those missing out on the early adopter special, you can still receive two(2) FoosFit devices! Attachable to any rod of ANY foosball table, the FoosFit is now digitally controlled via a progressive web app (PWA) that allows for speed, range, and position of your defender. You'll receive free and full access to all features and software updates we add for the first year. NOTICE: NOT AVAILABLE FOR iOS - Minimum requirements for all features of the FoosFit and FoosFocus PWA are an Android 6.0 device with Bluetooth 4.2

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    (3)FoosFit & FoosFocus app

    Receive three(3) FoosFit devices and save 5%! Attachable to any rod of ANY foosball table, the FoosFit is now digitally controlled via a progressive web app (PWA) that allows for speed, range, and position of your defender. You'll receive free and full access to all features and software updates we add for the first year. Great for practicing your passing series and shot simultaneously! NOTICE: NOT AVAILABLE FOR iOS - Minimum requirements for all features of the FoosFit and FoosFocus PWA are an Android 6.0 device with Bluetooth 4.2

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    Receive four(4) FoosFit devices and save 10%! Attachable to any rod of ANY foosball table, the FoosFit is now digitally controlled via a progressive web app (PWA) that allows for speed, range, and position of your defender. You'll receive free and full access to all features and software updates we add for the first year. With four devices connected, you'll be able to practice against a moving defense from any position on the table. NOTICE: NOT AVAILABLE FOR iOS - Minimum requirements for all features of the FoosFit and FoosFocus PWA are an Android 6.0 device with Bluetooth 4.2

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