Adept Announced as Finalist in NASA Space Apps Challenge

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TAO-Wellness’ Latest Innovation in Exercise Selected as Top 5 in Best Use of Hardware Category

The future of exercise is here. TAO-Wellness, the leading innovator in fitness devices designed to strengthen the core, is proud to announce that it’s ready for space! Adept, created by TAO team members, has been selected by NASA experts and Challenge owners to represent one of the Top 5 finalists in the Best Use of Hardware award category in the 2016 NASA Space Apps Challenge. Created by TAO engineers Martin Kuvandzhiev and Kosio Zhlebinkov, Adept was entered as a response to the Astrocize space station challenge, which seeks solutions for engaging, effective and fun workouts in space.

Participants in the NASA Space Apps Challenge were tasked with developing a way to adapt common gym tools for a reduced gravity environment and design a workout routine to minimize bone and muscular loss while remaining fun and easy to use during a long term mission. Challengers were also urged to consider incorporating virtual reality, simulation and even gaming to motivate users. All finalists are currently under review by a panel of NASA executives, who will announce winners the week of May 23rd.

“We are thrilled our engineers made the top five amongst the 15,000 participants in this year’s challenge,” says Philo Northrup, President and Co-Founder of TAO-Wellness. “It’s a true testament to the innovative capacity, collaboration and engineering demonstrated by our team.”

This is the third year in a row TAO engineers have received NASA honors. In 2015 they won 1st place in the NASA challenge and were invited to Cape Canaveral.

Without gravity, astronauts are prone to muscle atrophy, or weakness and deterioration in space, because of lack of gravity. According to NASA, studies have shown that astronauts experience 20 percent loss of muscle mass on spaceflights lasting five to 11 days. In order to prevent atrophy, astronauts can perform gamified isometric exercises, or VariobicsTM, using the Adept app in conjunction with the TAO WellShellTM. The WellShell’s pressure sensors record the pounds pressed and calories burned, and transmits the information to the app. Doctors can then track and analyze this data.

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About TAO- Wellness:
TAO-Wellness is a California and Nevada based start-up company, paving the way in fitness with its innovative exercise devices. The WellShellTM, which has received multiple patents over the past two years, covers all aspects of exercise with its one-of-a-kind VariobicsTM. Coaching you to wellness, the TAO WellShellTM is expected to launch in late 2016. For more information, please visit

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