The TAO WellShell
A Device That Brings Exercising to Planes and Couches. Now your patients can exercise anywhere. One of the hardest parts about exercising is the "getting-up factor" — going to the gym, moving from the couch. But a tiny new gadget makes it possible to work out anywhere — a desk, an airplane seat and even while watching TV. Called the Tao, the handheld device looks similar to a computer mouse and is close in size. Along with an accompanying app (iOS and Android), the Tao coaches users through 50 exercises related to isometrics and adds a gaming element. By holding the device portion between the hands and pushing hard, an internal pressure sensor works the body’s muscles. It can also be used between the knees. While pressing hard on each side, the bluetooth-connected app walks patients through the exercise, audibly telling users to push more or less and how long to hold the pressure — typically each rep is 20 seconds with six-second rest periods. Northrup plans to launch in fall 2014.