There’s a plethora of wrist worn fitness wearables on the market ranging from the competent Garmin Fenix 5X to the ubiquitous Fitbit line of devices. Yet most of these devices are pretty much wrist-restricted; these are worn on the wrists and may not be the best fit for use in all occasions. A few companies have come up with their unique take on this challenge and one of them is MegaSole, a company specialising in the production of insoles and founded by Dr. Kevan Orvitz, a practicing Podiatrist with over 15 years of experience. Their new product, the Energysole, wants to take the proprietary technology behind their patented insoles and combine it with activity tracking smarts.
Megasole prides itself on their fatigue reduction insoles in the industrial market. The Energysole utilises the same patented 100 percent dual-layer memory foam, clinically designed to reduce pain and fatigue, while providing maximum shock absorption and comfort.
“After spending the last two decades perfecting our Personal Anti-Fatigue Mat Insoles for the health and safety market, our goal was to shatter the stereotype of the conventional insole and lead the insole market into the future,” said Dr. Orvitz “We are offering a superior wellness technology that can tremendously benefit our current market, enhancing their health and wellness initiatives, as well as reach a broader consumer base that wants to take their health to the next level.”
A state-of-the-art sensor is then inserted into the Energysole that offers all day activity tracking capabilities measured from the footwear. The good thing about this is that the insoles can be easily removed and inserted into another pair of shoe while leaving the wrists free from gaudy looking activity trackers.
The tracked stats are then synced to the MEGASteps app in real time via Bluetooth Low Energy. The tiny sensor runs on a single coin cell battery which is user replaceable. The issue is whether the Energysoles will be worn out by the time the battery runs out or whether the sensors are transferrable a la Nike foot pod.
It’s a good solution which may create another problem, albeit a small one; activities can only be tabulated when shoes with Energysole inserts are worn.
There’s no details on the longevity, actual battery life or price of the product as yet. Nevertheless, the product seems novel and I might be interested to get my hands on a pair myself when it goes retail.