Can you name all 206 bones in the body? It’s ok. Most people can’t. The human body is a complex system that benefits from a good sweat session. Thanks to Sammamish-based company Zsolutionz’s new Zofie software, understanding your workout is easier than learning all the bones in the body. Zofie will help you lose those stubborn last few pounds or train for an upcoming 10k run.
Zofie learns about your health by pulling information from wearable devices, sensors in smart equipment and manual input. This allows Zofie to create a workout regime that best suits your health needs and fitness goals. Zofie can send workout results to a doctor, physical therapist or running buddy.
The goal is for the software to operate on popular fitness equipment and fitness devices across multiple operating systems to help guide users through workouts. Currently, the company has been working with the Nytec Lab in Kirkland to create a treadmill that talks to you, giving pointers as you run or walk. Zsolutions hopes to expand so other versions of the software will sync with elliptical machines, bicycles, rowing machines, and more.
Zsolutions uses Fuzzy Logic, which teaches electronics to compute with words and make human-esque decisions. For example, Fuzzy Logic can take a neighborhood of houses and tell you which ones are big and which ones are small, not just give you a list of how many square feet are in each home. By using Fuzzy Logic to develop Zofie, the program can make personal recommendations that adapt over time to the user’s fitness goals much like a human personal trainer could.
Here is our Q&A with founders Sunil & Shalini Koduri:
425B: When can consumers expect to be able to use Zofie technology?
Koduris: Our goal is to license the software to partners. Zofie, the first iteration of personal fitness experience software, is scheduled to be available for partners to include with their hardware starting in the second half of 2015. Then, the availability of the software depends upon the fitness device manufacturers’ ability to release their products to consumers. In other words, we don’t know yet, but it’s going to be awesome when it is!
425B: Can it tell if you “fudge” on how much you’ve worked out or what you really had for breakfast?
Koduris: While Zofie is intelligent, she is not quite as smart as your mother! She does not have a built-in “fudge detector” (but thanks for the idea). Zofie depends on data from the user and the user’s sensor devices and fitness trackers to do her thing and will have safety features to remove extreme cases. For best results, we recommend The Truth, no matter how painful.
425B: Is Zofie nice? Is she sassy like SIRI? Will she yell at me if skip too many workouts?
Koduris: We feel that the market is saturated with “sassy” types. Our vision for Zofie is that she will be inspiring, encouraging, and friendly, able to schedule your workouts for you so that it’s on your calendar. If it’s tough love you need for skipping workouts, we can make that happen.