Local inventor launches high-tech health and wellness platform
by Joe Webb
MASON, Ohio (WKRC) – In the middle of the exercise room of the Christian Village at Mason sits a space-aged looking device that appears to be part computer and part weight machine.
80-year old Selina Walder, using a walker, approached the machine, sat down and started to exercise.
“I love it. I think it’s really versatile because you can do it standing up or in a wheelchair or sitting on the bench,” said Walder between sets with her trainer Erin Immell. The strange machine is the Access Strength. It is the product of local inventor Ryan Eder who officially launched his company IncludeHealth this week.
“It’s really meant to remove the physical barriers in physical fitness and make sure people of all ages and abilities have equal access to physical activity,” said Eder. Eder’s company has produced four working Access Strength models.
Three are in hospitals. Christian Village has the first one placed in a senior living facility. The machine is designed to accommodate people with a variety of disabilities but is also practical for the able-bodied. It allows exercise from wheelchairs. Residents can adjust weights with a simple touch. Each unit uses cloud technology to collect, store and analyze the workout data.
“While a lot of equipment will work for a very narrow set of demographics, we want to go in and remove barriers to make sure we could have a 99-year-old and an 8-year-old on it. And someone with a spinal cord injury to an elite athlete and everyone in between.”
About Ryan Eder
Eder came up with the concept while he was a student in the University of Cincinnati’s Design, Architecture, Art and Planning program. By 2015, with the help of a CincyTech Imagining grant, he had built a prototype. He loaded the prototype in a trailer and hauled it around to show potential investors. Three years and $6-million later, Eder is building Asset Strengths at TSS Technologies in West Chester.
“Our goal is to build a world-class digital health and wellness company right here in Cincinnati.”
This article was published April 5, 2018 at Local12.com
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