|Description||Fitness and Muscle Quality Analyzer|
|Product Crowdfunding, 12/2013 ||$100k|
Skulpt developed the first handheld consumer device used to measure fat percentage and muscle quality (MQ) on individual body areas.
Skulpt was founded in 2009 by CEO, Dr. Jose Bohorquez, Electrical Engineering graduate from MIT, and co-founder, Dr. Seward Rutkove, Neurology Professor of Harvard Medical School. The company develops hardware and software used to track fitness based on a technique called Electrical Impedance Myography (EIM). Initially a medical company, Skulpt has been awarded numerous grants from the National Science Foundation and National Institute of Health to develop EIM and validate it through various clinical research trials.
EIM technique was adopted by dozens of US hospitals and pharmaceutical companies to track the progression of patients with neuromuscular disorders. In 2013, Skulpt began to develop consumer products based on EIM technology. Skulpt’s first consumer product, Aim, is the first-ever electronic to measure muscle quality and the fat content of individual body areas.
Skulpt Aim is the world’s first consumer device to measure fat percentage and muscle quality (MQ) on individual muscle groups. Aim provides information that is ultimately intended to help people get in better shape. MQ enables people to measure and track the strength and definition of their muscles, giving users a true representation of their overall fitness. At about the size of an iPhone, Aim measures up to 12 major muscle groups, and is able to provide an accurate total body reading of fat percentage and MQ.
Aim uses sensors to apply a small current to each body area. Since current travels differently in muscles based on their composition and muscle fiber size, we’re able to evaluate the quality of your muscles. Aim collects thousands of data points for each muscle and uses algorithms that have been refined over the last four years to calculate the fat percentage and MQ. A typical person’s muscles have MQ of about 100, with higher numbers representing better fitness.
Results are displayed immediately on the screen, and automatically synced via Bluetooth Low Energy to a personal online dashboard. Users can track their progress over time for specific muscle groups, as well as total body MQ and fat percentage. The dashboard also enables users to set personal goals, compete with friends, and get tailored workout advice specific to their body.