Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 22, 2014.
About this project
We all live in a very busy world. We work hard, play hard and SIT TOO MUCH while doing so.
Research has shown that sitting too much is linked to health issues such as obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and more. We know we need to be more active but, because we are so busy, we need help. Many of the devices on the market today fall short in providing that help.
SmartMove is an amazingly accurate physical activity tracker that can VERY ACCURATELY and UNIQUELY identify if you are sitting or not as well as track your activities all day - and accurate tracking allows us to provide more insightful coaching that makes it easier for you to improve each day.
Based on $1.3M of Small Business Innovation Research grants funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), SmartMove has developed a highly accurate physical activity tracker that uniquely tracks sitting time as well as many other daily living activities, including: standing, walking, running, and cycling. Sensors embedded in comfortable insoles that discreetly fit easily into most shoes, track the users’ physical activity and wirelessly send detailed activity and Calorie burn information to the users’ smartphone. SmartMove sensor insoles are available in both men's and women's sizes and fit inside everyday walking and athletic shoes.
The SmartMove app, available for both iPhone and Android, provides real-time feedback and personalized coaching throughout the day to help users adopt healthy activity habits.
Automatically Track What You Do in Real-Time:
SmartMove is the only activity tracker that can accurately track both "daily living activities" as well as "exercise activities."
Our patent-pending technology developed through funding by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, provides the real-time, highly accurate activity tracking required to actually know what you did, so that you can set realistic goals and monitor progress towards meeting those goals.
Through personalized, relevant, and timely coaching, SmartMove works with you to identify your strengths and helps you to establish realistic physical activity goals. Convenient reminders and suggestions are provided to enable you to reach your health, fitness, or weight loss goals.
Personalized real-time coaching is provided through a “texting” like dialog with our cloud-based software coach.The SmartMove coach will take you through a motivational interview to understand your strengths, motivations, and readiness for change, and work with you to set realistic goals. Then it will provide timely, actionable feedback throughout the day and arm you with relevant tips, suggestions, and reminders to help you achieve and maintain your goals.
The SmartMove sensor insole is the result of over 3 years of research and $1.7M of grant funding from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, and the State of Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Today, we are a 9-person startup based in Fort Collins, Colorado, collaborating with an amazing team of advisers, board members, external technology developers and suppliers.
In summer of 2011, we conceived the idea of developing a motivational software coaching app that uses the detailed physical activity information captured by the sensor insole together with a motivational interview, persuasive computing concepts, and gaming theory. The SmartMove app provides the user of our sensor insole with real-time, relevant, feedback, tips and suggestions, and timely prompts to promote increased physical activity.
Our sensor insole prototype has all electronics and sensors invisibly embedded in a comfortable, supportive insole.
Even a very small difference in energy expenditure, for example 200 Calories per day, results in an approximate weight gain or loss of twenty pounds per year. SmartMove tracks your daily activities and associated Calorie burn with accuracy that wrist or torso mounted devices cannot provide, enabling you to track small changes in daily physical activity that can make a big difference in your health and weight.
The sensor insole has been designed from the beginning to measure human activity at the most discreet and accurate location on the body - the bottom of the foot. Early research work by our founders at The University of Colorado, Colorado State University, and Clarkson University, concluded that a foot based device is 98% accurate in determining a person's activity (sit, stand, walk, stairs, run, cycle) and 96% accurate in determining the energy expenditure doing these activities (i.e. Calories burned), considerably better than devices worn on the wrist or torso. Click the article below to learn more.
Inaccuracies of Wrist Based Devices:
If you think about it, how can a wrist-based sensor determine if you are riding a bicycle, sitting, or standing? They track movement of your wrist, so it is really hard for a wrist-based sensor to know what your feet are doing. Due to this issue - you may discover that with a wrist-based device, it thinks you burned more calories drinking beer, than the effort to ride your bike to the bar!
SmartMove Sensor Insoles:
We have embedded proprietary, fabric-based pressure sensors, an accelerometer, microprocessor, Bluetooth Low Energy radio transceiver, activity storage, and battery within a comfortable, supportive insole. The goal was to make a sensor insole that accurately measures everyday physical activities, is comfortable for use in most shoes, 2 month replaceable coin cell battery, and enables the electronics to be removable and reusable when the insoles wear out.
Download the iPhone SmartMove App (NOTE TO ANDROID USERS: the Android App will be available when we ship you your SmartMove Insoles). The app is ready for you to download and try. Complete the easy and fast setup wizard and start entering user logged activity to get a feel for the app functionality. Support our Kickstarter campaign by purchasing one of our insole offers and we will ship you the insoles when they are ready. When you get them you can easily connect them to the iPhone app and start logging your activities in real-time!
Activity Screens: The left screen shot shows the information reported while walking. The activity will automatically change when you change activities. For example, if you stop walking and stand still, the icon in the middle will change from walking to standing and the data for standing will be reported. This screen can also be customized to show the information you want by adding and deleting different panes that are available in the app.
History Screens: The left screen shot is reporting total calories burned each day. It is broken into resting calories and active calories. You can view this information by day, week, month, and year.
The right screen shot shows the total calories burned bicycling each day (in green). You can also see a horizontal bar which is showing you your goal for each day. You can cycle through each activity by pressing the "Activity" button next to the image of the bicycle.
Coaching: Through personalized, relevant, and timely coaching, SmartMove works with you to identify your strengths and help you to establish realistic physical activity goals that are enjoyable. Key features include:
- Guided Goal Setting: The SmartMove experience begins by discovering your individual strengths and motivation to help set goals that make sense for YOU.
- Real-Time Feedback: SmartMove is there 24 x 7 to provide you with timely feedback on how you are doing, as well as provide agreed upon reminders to help you stay on track.
- Helpful Tips and Timely Advice: Always ready to help, SmartMove provides relevant information, education, ideas and suggestions to help you meet your goals and enjoy living actively!
Coaching Screens: The left screen shot below shows the coach reviewing a person's goal. You can set more than one goal and the coach will keep track of your progress toward each goal and occasionally remind you how you are doing.
The right screen shot shows some of the "Tips and Feedback" that the coach provides. In this example, there is a friendly tip, a message of congratulations, a message about sitting too long and a recommendation to get up and move around.
These messages will also appear on your smartphone as "notification" messages so you do not have to be looking at the app to view them.
Coach Video - Coach Interview:
Coach Video - Setting Goals:
- Expand and enhance the SmartMove coach.
- Add social media access so you can share your results and create activity contests with your friends.
- Make the removable electronics pod function when it is clipped on your waist. For those who wear sandals, high heels, or walk barefoot.
- Expand activity recognition for other common activities like elliptical trainer and stairs.
- Integrate SmartMove with other health tracking devices and apps such as: diet trackers, wireless scales, heart-rate monitors, blood glucose monitors, and wellness and fitness apps.
Risks and challenges
We have been focused on the goal of bringing to market a highly accurate, reliable, comfortable, and valuable solution for those who want high-tech help to live a more active lifestyle. To minimize risk, several rounds of environmental testing, regulatory certification testing, and user abuse and reliability testing have been completed over several versions of prototypes, allowing us to make improvements and enhancements to meet our user's expectations. We are now in the final stages of tooling and testing SmartMove for production ramp up.
Our management team has extensive experience in developing and producing high-tech electronics and software products. We have built redundancy, self-test, and upgradeability into all elements of the SmartMove solution, protecting your investment. We understand the potential pitfalls in each step of the development and manufacturing process. We recognize that complications always come up, and have put in the time up front to plan properly so that we can handle those complications when they arise.
We have reliable vendors identified for all components and assemblies who are ready to handle production and assembly of thousands of units.
We are planning to start shipping by August 2014 and will make every effort to meet or beat this schedule.
We appreciate your support and are excited to have you join our mission to help people live more actively!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
SmartMove insoles communicate with your smartphone by using the Bluetooth Low Energy standard. Because the product communicates across the air, the product has to pass strict regulations that are different for each country. We will be doing the testing of SmartMove for the U.S. first and then adding new countries after we complete and pass the U.S. tests.
Yes - the product comes with two insoles. The left insole will contain the electronics pod embedded underneath the insole. The right insole will not contain an electronics pod, however, it will feel and weigh exactly the same as the left insole. You will not notice a difference between the right insole and left insole. The SmartMove insoles will be extremely comfortable and provide support for your feet.
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