SMARTfit Inc., based in Ventura, California, was formed in 2013 to develop a technology platform to produce breakthroughs in human performance training at every level. The plan was to create a controllable method of delivering external cognitive-motor commands, known as dual tasking, to engage participants in delivering simultaneous physical and cognitive responses that would simulate real life.
In order for the technology to simulate every level of physical and cognitive engagement, the company developed its own proprietary operating system focusing on high speed communication between a controller and its multiple touch points. In addition, this controller and its sub-computers/touch points was developed to interact with an Apple/Android app to facilitate easy access and use by its users.
SMARTfit’s proprietary operating system is capable of delivering a wide spectrum of training protocols for almost any population, and provide evidence-led assessments, training and treatment strategies to address a full spectrum of cognitive-motor conditions. SMARTfit is currently working with leading experts and key opinion leaders to complete clinical trials and to develop new protocols focusing on mitigating or rehabilitating a broad range of neurological conditions, including Stroke, Parkinson’s, concussion, pediatric development, mild cognitive impairment, and more.
SMARTfit is classified as a fitness device rather than a medical device for the following reasons:
Activities chosen from the SMARTfit list of activities and programs rely on the trainer/therapist to decide which of them is appropriate and suitable for their clients.
Simply putting it, as in the case of using a treadmill or weight machine, a trainer/therapist needs to know whether the equipment, it’s user options or programs are suitable for the client before use. Further, knowing the client’s capability will be essential to how the treadmill or weight machine is used.
However, SMARTfit is a non-invasive fitness device so it is not going to put the person at risk as a treadmill or weight machine would. That said, the trainer still needs to know whether the client should be doing seated only program, standing programs or moving programs.
SMARTfit incorporates programming and activities for all levels of ability but the trainer/therapist must assess their client and decide which ones are a suitable match for the client.
Since SMARTfit is NOT a medical device, it will never diagnose and treat people. Rather, it is a tool for the trainer/therapist to use to train their clients. For this reason, there is no need for risk assessment as you would normally find with a medical device.