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Reduce the negative effects of extended sitting with ooloo, the rocking footrest that merges art and ergonomics.
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Most of us spend a good portion of our day seated, especially at work. We’ve become a culture that’s quite good at sitting.

The problem is, sitting isn’t good for us.

Recent studies conclude too much sitting leads to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and decreased lifespan.

That’s right: the more you sit, the sooner you die. 

In fact, scientists found regular, prolonged sitting has such a negative impact on our health that its effects aren’t even offset by regular exercise.

Scary stuff. Especially for those of us who make our living sitting in front of a screen.

Don’t just sit there

The best way to counteract the negative effects of sitting is to simply sit less and move more. Unfortunately, that’s not always possible or realistic.

The ooloo rocking footrest makes it easy to maintain some motion whenever you’re seated. Even the moderate activity ooloo provides can help keep your leg muscles firing and your blood pumping. Plus, ooloo’s patent-pending design allows you to fully stretch your calves and Achilles, so you’ll be ready for that noon run. 

If you already spend part of your day at a standing workstation, you can use ooloo to shift your weight from one leg to another and add motion to standing.

Art at your feet

We partnered with fantastic artists to develop a range of graphics to make looking at ooloo as rewarding as using it. We’re launching with a few designs but we’ll release more if we receive enough support.

These designs are currently available:

"Hiker"
"Hiker"
"Drift"
"Drift"
"Red Bird"
"Red Bird"
"Tall Boy"
"Tall Boy"
"Waves"
"Waves"
"Minimalist"
"Minimalist"
ooloo DIY kit
ooloo DIY kit

The perfect platform for motion

When designing the platform for ooloo, we found it’s hard to beat a modern skateboard deck. The slightly concave shape and upturned nose and tail help hold your feet in place in just about any position. 

ooloo’s 8” wide by 32” long platform is made from 7-ply North American maple. We cover the top surface with a translucent grip material made from ground, recycled glass. This platform rests on two powder coated aluminum rockers. 

Using ooloo will raise your feet about 3.5” above the floor. Typically this requires little or no adjustment to your current seating configuration. ooloo works on any floor surface. Keep in mind you’ll want to use a floor protector (just as you would with a chair) on floors that may be damaged by frequent contact. On hard floors (like wood or concrete), ooloo will slide around easily. This is intentional, as it allows you to move ooloo from one position to another.

Moving forward

With the support of the Kickstarter community, we'll be able to fine-tune ooloo and complete the first production run. This includes making final adjustments to the graphics, fine-tuning the rocker design, establishing an efficient assembly process, and working through the inevitable details required to bring such a project to life. We're super excited to get ooloo in the hands of more people than just our small crew of prototype testers!

We've been experimenting with different wood veneers. A walnut veneer is shown on this ooloo. Let us know if you'd like to see a veneer option–if there's enough demand, we'll try to add it to the mix!
We've been experimenting with different wood veneers. A walnut veneer is shown on this ooloo. Let us know if you'd like to see a veneer option–if there's enough demand, we'll try to add it to the mix!
What's in a name? Our patent-pending rocker design shares the same shape as the traditional Eskimo knife, the ulu. We changed the spelling and arrived at "ooloo."
What's in a name? Our patent-pending rocker design shares the same shape as the traditional Eskimo knife, the ulu. We changed the spelling and arrived at "ooloo."

The real team

No project like this gets off the ground without the help of many individuals behind the scenes. We’d like to thank the following people, without whose help ooloo would have never become a reality:

Greg Shoffner • Mike Brorby • Matt McGlone • Tracy Huettl • Steve Newman • Gary Alvis •  Dyan Roth • Todd Schellinger • Tom Cheevers • Elizabeth Hedrick • Rick • Brian Price • Tom Freyer • J.L. Friel • Justyn Livingston • Matt Minjares • Ed Hepp • Charlie Alan Kraft • Stephan Trischler • Velvet • Back Porch Coffee • and the many others who provided input and suggestions

Risks and challenges

Managing price expectations:
We’ve made a special effort to make ooloo in the U.S., from materials sourced in the U.S. or North America. This gives us better control of material and finish quality and allows us to build personal relationships with our suppliers.

However in our case, sourcing from the U.S. results in higher component and labor costs. As an example, many skateboard decks are now made in China, and are available for a fraction of the cost of a U.S.-made deck. But typically these decks are of inferior quality (they are prone to warping and cracking), and the wood sources cannot be traced.

We’ve all become accustomed to prices that are based on cheap overseas labor and materials. While the pendulum is slowly swinging back toward domestic production, today ooloo must deal with consumer price expectations that are likely based on overseas production.

Reliance on suppliers:
We’ve developed great relationships with our component suppliers (almost all of whom we work with in person), but we’re only ordering in small volumes. That means we may not receive priority when placing orders, causing delays in our production scheduling.

Challenges of meeting demand:
While our manufacturing process is in place, a lot must be coordinated in order to meet a large volume of orders in a timely fashion. We’re confident we can fill all orders, but it may be difficult to pinpoint exact ship dates.

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    Just want to show your support for ooloo? That's awesome–we really appreciate it! You'll receive exclusive updates on our progress and stay informed when new designs are released.

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    ooloo DIY: Have an old skateboard deck you want to recycle? Or want to buy your own deck? Our DIY kit is for you. It includes two powder-coated aluminum rockers and a set of eight bolts with lock nuts. These rockers attach to any standard deck in minutes. Save $10 off the retail price of $59.
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    MINIMALIST

    Sometimes less is more. This version of ooloo lets the beauty of the maple platform shine through. Save $20 off the retail price of $99.

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    Missed the Trendsetter special? Don't despair: We're offering extra special pricing on limited quantities of "Hiker," "Red Bird," "Drift," or "Tall Boy" (select after the project is successful). A great savings off the retail price of $109.

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    Your choice of "Hiker," "Red Bird," "Drift," or "Tall Boy" (select after the project is successful). Save $10 off the retail price of $109.

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    WAVES: SURFRIDER EDITION
    The perfect ooloo for every desk-bound surfer or beach-lover. Five dollars from each purchase goes directly to Surfrider, the non-profit focused on protecting waves, beaches, and water quality worldwide. Save $10 off the retail price of $109 (and feel awesome about contributing to great waves and clean beaches).

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    OOLOO INTERNATIONAL: Your choice of any ooloo edition (Minimalist, Red Bird, Hiker, Tall Boy, Drift, or Waves) shipped to select regions worldwide. Limited international shipping: CAD, EU, UK, AU, NZ, and JPN
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    Your choice of "Hiker," "Red Bird," "Drift," or "Tall Boy" (select after the project is successful). Save a whopping $30 off the retail + shipping price of $109.

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