Tao Wellness, a brand owned by EZD Productions, a Mountain View, CA based intellectual property company, has launched an activity tracker called Tao WellShell that can create isometric resistance for users to exercise on the go. Users of the Tao WellShell burn calories by squeezing on the device using their palms or any other part of the body, in repetitive patterns of approximately 10 seconds each. This exercise device, that can be used while flying on a plane and reading a book at the same time, provides users with audio coaching and encouragement based on their squeezing pressure and number of repetitions.
A companion Android/iOS app offers users more than 50 different exercise recommendations and helps to compile daily exercise performance. The Tao WellShell syncs with smartphones through Bluetooth 2.0 and can be used as a controller for video and mobile games, all along helping users burn calories using isometric principles without the need for excessive motion. The device, which weighs 5.3 oz., has pressure sensors, a high resolution, ultra low power three-axis accelerometer, an optoelectronic heart rate sensor, a GPS tracker and a gyroscope. Along with isometric resistance, the WellShell can also perform other tasks such as sleep quality tracking, estimating calories burned, route taken and heart rate monitoring. The device has a built-in lithium ion battery that runs all the available features for up to 16 hours on a single charge, and there’s a power save mode available that will run for up to a week on one charge.