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$462
pledged of $75,000pledged of $75,000 goal
9
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, November 20 2014 5:04 AM UTC +00:00

About

UniverSole insoles are high-tech insoles dedicated to making you a better athlete and improving your quality of life. UniverSoles not only help you track basic activity like steps taken or calories burned, but they monitor and learn the way you move while on your feet.

Using advanced pressure mapping technology UniverSoles give you pro-athlete performance data like foot weight distribution during activities like running, cycling, walking, or just standing around.

Comfortable and durable, UniverSoles easily swap in and out of your favorite footwear. Our product has a thin design that honors and maintains your footwear’s original comfort and space.

Tracking and monitoring fitness data is all well and good, but we want to make sure you are able to receive and process the data we gather to help build a plan that is customized for improving your performance. UniverSoles read and monitor the good and bad habits you exhibit during all your activities. After this, we provide recommendations and goal oriented programs to help you maintain the good, and improve the bad. Wax on, wax off.

HEALTH - Undergoing rehabilitation? Stay active and monitor your loved one's recovery 

FITNESS - Find out how much power you're transferring from your feet to the pedals for maximum performance 

LIFESTYLE - Know what bad habits you have while walking or sitting around the workplace Our reason for starting this project is simple: there are no low-cost professional grade activity monitors available for recreational athletes. 

With a strong team of engineers, developers, and data scientists, combined with amazing guidance from our established advisors, UniverSole has been aggressively iterating the insole design over the past year. It started with a proof of concept on a kitchen table with a handful of chips, boards, batteries and wires and now is thin and compact piece of hardware that can fit into a shoe insole. 

UniverSoles use the thinnest and most flexible Force sensing resistors (FSR) in the market. Providing superior linearity & accuracy, a wide range of forces, and increased flexibility. 

 THINNER THAN A DIME, AND NEARLY AS THIN AS A PIECE OF PAPER

Monitoring and tracking activity by foot pressure allows us to see in-depth information that can’t be monitored anywhere else on your body. We can see information like how often you apply pressure to specific areas of your feet while walking, allowing us to identify any tendencies that are hindering your performance. This can be applied to countless activities. 

For a better understanding of the benefits and methods for measuring pressure, we encourage you to read the following journal literature provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health. 

In order to provide a comfortable insole, we had to find hardware that was small enough and thin enough to fit into a standard insole. Working with Henway Technologies and Tiny Circuits, we were able to produce a thin and small circuit board that fit along the arch of a foot, and still maintained the comfort of an insole. 

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UniverSole is managed by a smartphone iOS application and Android so that you have full access to your pressure and activity data. 

When you are active, the app is working hard to learn your unique footwork. We plan on providing you with an amazingly simple mobile experience so you can understand your footwork and learn how to improve it. 

We understand that UniverSoles would just be regular insoles if it weren't for the software behind them to bring them to life. We are currently developing intuitive and predictive algorithms that work hand in hand. By monitoring your performance and understanding movement and activity behavior, we can accurately create demographic profiles, in turn being the foundation for our recommendations engine. 

As we mentioned earlier, we want UniverSoles to be extremely easy to use and to understand. We could give you mass amounts of data in the raw, but it wouldn’t make sense, and it would be of no help to you on improving your performance. So we are applying UI/UX best practices to our data visualization software, taking all of your performance data and our applied algorithm’s, and presenting it to you in easy to follow graphics and charts….even emoticons if that’s your thing! 

The idea for building UniverSole came about like most new ideas, we discovered a problem, and had a potential solution. It sparked when one of the founders began discussing how he was getting a pain on the side of his leg, and he knew it was from his posture having flat feet. Then bulbs started flicking on and someone said the magic words, "I wonder if theirs a device for your shoe that lets you track your weight distribution?". It was down the rabbit whole from there, leading us to where we are today. 

Today, most low-cost wearable devices people are familiar with are made to go on your wrist. There are fitness trackers that keep tabs on your daily steps, calories burned, sleep cycles, and some monitor your heart rate. Then there are the more advanced devices, which have additional technology to tell you more about your performance, but the costs run upwards of $1,000 and are very complex to use. 

We want to create something that has the accuracy of a professional grade device, is easy to use, has multiple applications, but is at an affordable price that doesn't make you feel like you have to be training for the Olympics just to buy it. 

Taylor Rosenbauer- For doing an amazing job on our Kickstarter Video 

We've taken a LEAN approach to our business model for UniverSole, allowing us to avoid mass manufacturing costs and get the insoles into the market sooner while maintaining integrity. 

We’ve been able to build some strong relationships with some really awesome people around the U.S. that make it possible for us to maintain production and manufacturing within the country while still being able to sustain fair prices. 

While the potential of lowering our costs do exist by going overseas, we value our relationships with our local vendors because we can ensure that we are delivering a quality product. That’s not worth trading for just few extra bucks. 

Our manufacturers are leaders in the industry, having many years of experience in designing and building insoles, enabling us to produce UniverSoles in the most efficient way possible. The straightforward and no-nonsense design is one more asset in the efficient streamlining process of our local manufacturing plan. 

The process of building a Kickstarter project is not an easy one, so the last thing we want to do is screw up fulfillment of your rewards after getting so far. Which is why we've made sure to use BackerKit to ensure that the process of getting you your rewards is painless and smooth. 

HERE IS OUR TIMELINE FOR PUTTING UNIVERSOLES INTO YOUR SHOES: 

We’ve got dozens of ideas on how to use UniverSoles beyond just for fitness, but we’re eager to hear yours. Tell us about them in the comments section or on our Facebook Page.

Risks and challenges

We at UniverSole are fortunate to be working with electrical components and parts that have been around for years, allowing the process of designing and manufacturing them to be highly reliable and efficient. To date we’ve already tested and integrated all of the electrical components needed to make the technology work.

Our challenges through delivery lie primarily in designing and testing an insole fit that will be comfortable and secure. We’ve already reduced the thickness of the insoles to less than a quarter of an inch, but everyone has different preferences for size, and there are countless different styles of footwear.

We have mitigated most of our manufacturing challenges by taking an agile approach to development and production, as well as keeping assembly of the electronics component with a manufacturer specializing in just that, and having the insole manufacturer focus on combining the assembled electronics with the final mold.

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