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Smart Treckers: cliff sensors, bump sensors, optical encoders! Optical Encoded, Sensory, Solar shoes prevent falls! Connecting w/ Shark Tank

Smart Treck Shoes will mobolize older adults, ensure balance, serve as an emergency device and ensure they are living life to the fullest!

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Who is your idea designed for and how does it enable older adults to live their best possible life by preventing falls?

Smart Treckers would be individually designed to keep older adults balanced and move to keep them living life to rhe fullest! These shoes would be individually molded and controlled via Artificial Intelligence like a smart car. Solar energy would keep them cost effective and older adults could feel safe and secure even hiking! The Smart Trecker technology would navigate rocks, potholes and puddles! A tracking device can be turned on to ensure safety. These shoes are cost effective and green!

Smart Treckers would be made so adults could run, walk, use steps or just feel 20 again! They would also be optimal for athletes! 

Designed to go where they go and to move like they move! Smart Trecks:  Optical Encoded, Sensory, Solar powered shoes to prevent falls and enhanced with emergency alert!What if a shoe had cliff sensors, bump sensors and optical encoders to prevent falls and aid the elderly? Designed with solar energy and enhanced with an emergency sensor? A device on the bottom could be manufatured to apply to any shoe.

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

I have been asking my community about the need and it isn’t just the elderly! I have trouble with balance at times and I'm in my forties! I use shoes designed with a special material to keep balanced and by adding Artificial Intelligence to the shoes like a Smart Car older adults will be mobilized! I have designed a prototype and patent. tened. I just applied for funding to start making these and this week found someone from Shark Tank to brainstorm more ideas to get this off the ground!

What skills, input, or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

Artificial intelligence Embedded to ensure it functions to highest potential.Smart Trecks: Optical Encoded, Sensory, Solar powered shoes to prevent falls and enhanced with emergency alert! Any AI experience would be greatly appreciated and cost effective materials that would work in a variety of climates/terrains. What if a shoe had cliff sensors, bump sensors and optical encoders to prevent falls and aid the elderly? Designed with solar energy and enhanced with an emergency sensor?

How long has your idea existed?

  • Over 1 year

This idea emerged from

  • An Individual

Tell us about your work experience:

Open Ideo Contributor- X Prize team-

How would you describe this idea while in an elevator with someone?

Do you want to be the next Apple Company Founder? Smart Trecks are the new IPHONE of 2017!

How does your idea demonstrate our Criteria of Affordability?

The cost of these would be comparable to any shoe on the market now. This will be accomodated with the choice of material that is utilized and technology that can run at an affordable price. By adding traction soles to the shoes out of rubber or another material that is adhesive and affordable, the Smart Trecks are made durable and affordable. I submitted a patent and want a design that is affordable to all seniors so a few prototypes could be utilized.

How does your idea demonstrate or plan to demonstrate scalability?

This will become a solution for a large number of people based off of production that can take place in strategic points around the globe.

How do you plan to measure the impact of your idea?

The impact of my idea will be measured by how many people they help, how many lives they save and how much more mobile older adults have by wearing the Smart Trecks!

What are your immediate next steps after the challenge?

I will put people to work by manufacuring the Smart Trecks and save lives via the invention. I am now submitting to startup funding groups! I will finalize this coming week!

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Hi Mary

Great idea, I'm really looking forward to see where this is going in the future! :)

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Smart Trecks.. The soles of these could be embedded with a style to act as sunction on stairs...
These shoes could have a device that facilitates music to guide the elderly person...
These shoes could be incorporated with leg supports... (a variation of the shoe)

All in all... these shoes give the elderly what they need to stay safe.. and children for being located! Peace of mind for the elderly and a safety breakthrough to eradicate child trafficking!

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Hi Mary Ressler 

Thank you for all your hard work in this challenge and dedication.

All of the ideas posts are locked but the comments section is still open, so please feel free to look at other ideas and comment on them, seek feedback on your idea etc.

I know I have asked many ideators this question but I am asking again as some ideas pivoting in the challenge. Would you say your idea is Most Viable or Most Promising? How would the incentives associated with that Award (Most Viable/Most Promising) be helpful for you?

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Smart Trecks...Life is a journey...from birth to end of life....Smart Trecks

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Smart Trecks...Available online at Smart Trecks....

(website to be built this week)

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Smart Trecks..What if a shoe could give your style, comfort, security and peace of mind? Smart Trecks is the world’s revolutionary product to facilitate all of these. Designed with you in mind, we have created a shoe that will help prevent injury’s and keep your family safe.

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Smart Trecks... The world’s leading safety shoe...From birth to end of life... Smart Trecks will be there as your guide!

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Smart Trecks... Fall and location devices built right in your shoe! Safety today... Peace of mind...tomorrow

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Smart Trecks... the home care solution for the elderly and those we love.

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Smart Trecks... safety for the elderly... at home, work and play!

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Smart Trecks will ensure the location of our children and reduce child trafficking around the world!

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Smart Trecks will facilitate longevity, safe families and protect a nation from unwarranted deaths!

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Smart Trecks will save falls, find children and reduce the number of Amber alerts across America!

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Smart Trecks... I love the idea that these will protect the elderly and can also be customized to locate children! Too many children and teens go missing and I want to eradicate these fears from families across the world. They may facilitate a decrease in child trafficking. This hits home with me because I have a teenage daughter.

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*** Thank you for your recommendation! I was lacking on time last week but here it is! Your question was:
How does the solution fits in the market abd who are your competitors and how is your idea unique?

#1: My solution fits in the market because these would decrease the falls of the elderly and there is no comparable product on the market. It is brand new to the market.
#2: I do not have any competitors at this juncture!
#3: My idea is unique because others have just put a smart phone on shoes but mine facilitates the ease of walking and giving elderly a clue that they may fall. These can also have a locator device in them so children can be found if lost! Hikers could have the GPS location in them as well. I like that they will help children and the elderly! I’m thinking they will cut down on missing teens and children!

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*** Thank you for the following question: Have you considered the applications of this product to an athlete or spending lots of time being active in places with heavy terrain? Could significantly expand your market size.

You are so right! These could help hikers, fishermen and even possibly help save children from abductions!

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Hi Mary,

What a great idea! Have you considered the applications of this product to an athlete or spending lots of time being active in places with heavy terrain? Could significantly expand your market size.

Also, I would love to know what you view as the biggest next challenges to launching this product and what you plan to do to overcome these obstacles? I find that thinking through the different possibilities and a plan for attack are always super helfpul.

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Thank you for your message! The greatest obstacle I have is time!
I still have to complete uploading informaiton on these and I would consider time to be my greatest challenge! Next, would be to assemble a team to proceed with development, marketing, etc.

Athletes would benefit and that is definitely another selling point!


Thank you and I will find some time this week to add to my information!

Mary R.

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Hi Mary,

We are half-way through the refinement phase and I can’t wait to see continued updates on your idea. More information can be found in the refinement toolkit which can be found at the top of the refinement phase page.

It would be helpful if you could mention how your solution fits in the market in the ‘full description’ section of your post. Who are your competitors and how is your idea unique?

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me, my email address is krushton@ideo.com

Hope to see you on the refinement call this Friday at 9 am PST.

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Hi Kate,

Thank you for your message.

I will be engaged with the toolkit and mention how my product fits in the market with the “full description” later this week!

Thank You!

Mary Ressler

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your mix of comfort and green is amazing. An exciting project! This is what tech is about.

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Hi Carole,

Thank you for your response.

Yes, technology that is green and affordable is key! There needs to be products for all levels socio-economic groups and this one meets the call! I’m excited to bring them to market!

Mary Ressler

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Hello Mary,
This is good news for the elderly, give new hope.
Hopefully for the elderly poor will get a sponsor.

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The elderly who are lacking sufficient funds would get these via a US manufacturer...those needing jobs and possibly prisons/tech schools .....so that the cost is down and then the community is giving back.

FDR solved many national issues via public work programs and this could be instituted into a federal program to aid the elderly.

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That's great. I hope to be expanded worldwide, especially in poor and developing countries.

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Virgin America has a smart shoe out that I really like for design and embedded with initial technology. It would be advantageous to utilize this design to embed the technology for older adults, since their design is modern, comfortable and marketable!

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Hi Mary,

This is a great idea! How exciting! Would the shoes be the only piece of technology you would need or would they need to be connected to an app or other program?

Thanks!

Heather

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The shoes are the only technology needed but could be enhanced with an APP. Wemo is utilized in lights and there could be some simple adaptations to enhance them further.

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Hi Mary,

Who is part of your team for this idea? It would be great to know more about what support you would need to get your idea off the ground. Where can the OpenIDEO community help?

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The OpenIDEO community can help via ideas for AI!

My grandmother had MS and I trip/fall often.... not great balance! This is why I came up with this idea!

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Hi Mary,

Your invention sounds amazing.  Can you share what kinds of materials are used to create better balance?  Thanks so much!
Cate Reade

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Hi Cate!

I am in touch with someone from Shark Tank! We are deciding/finalizing materials so that they are economical and user friendly!

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Hi Cate,

I am working with someone from Shark Tank to choose best material and one that is affordable!

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I will upload a sketch this week. These are economical, practical and marketable!

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These can run on solar powered energy!

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Hi Mary, Do you have any visuals you can share with us or diagrams to indicate how they might look or function?

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Thank you for your message! I will upload an image this weekend.

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Hi Mary!

Great to see you in the challenge. Thank you for sharing your idea. Woukd you be able to upload a rough sketch of your shoe and what it can do? I think it would really help to understand whether the solar panels on calculators would be sufficient and how big the battery might need to be.

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Thank you for your message. I will upload an image later this week and include other data on the prototype. It has insurance and is underway for a patent!

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Excellent! I would like a pair. Would you be able to tell me what ideation category you think your product falls under for this challenge - most viable or most promising - https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/fall-prevention/brief ?

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Reimagined Devices Category.... Thank You!

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Would it be a most viable or a most promising reimagined device?

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Good Afternoon!

Thank you for your email! I believe after some sleep.... Most Viable!

Thank You! I’m drinking some more coffee to keep going!