We are the UK partner for SmartFit in the Uk, something we are really excited about, the technology is amazing and something that could really benefit your facility. Cathi Lamberti and the team have put together a brilliant piece below to help with incorporating it into the your business.
SMARTfit Cognitive Motor Training is an Interactive technology that merges cognitive and fitness training with gameplay providing a fun and engaging multifunctional fitness and sports training workout for SGT, and Group X for all ages.
This Guide is intended to assist you in understanding what it will take to achieve the highest level of success with your proposed interactive program, and ensure it meets your needs. It will also alert you to potential pitfalls and help to prevent them.
First Step – Questions to consider.
SMARTfit Android/iOS User Interface and Data collection (using
customer’s choice of device):
SMARTfit can be programmed to work for general play gathering no data, for specific programming for each client/patient, and in the near future, for tracking individual performances of each member of a group.
SMARTfit allows you to do both and select which ones you want to apply to each patient/client.
SMARTfit allows each trainer/therapist to maintain their clients’ data on their own device or, if the rules require strict security of the data, the system can be set to only communicate with one identified tablet/device.
SMARTfit programming allows you to design your own activities and lock in both the selection of targets as well as the sequence of targets so that you can capture a baseline, save it by client, and then re-run the identical program in the future in order to capture progress.
Some systems are geared toward cognitive motor rehab and others offer a range of benefits including the use of sports equipment.
Systems installed in a fixed location on a wall works well for areas with limited space as well as for multipurpose spaces, taking up very little space when not in use. Others require a dedicated footprint to make them portable. It is good to take a picture of the space and wall against which it will be located and identify a power source within ten feet. If you plan to install the system on a wall, identify what kind of wall it is (concrete, block or stud).
The anticipated number of participants will have an effect on the space you need as well as the system that will suite you best.
The addition of a SMARTfit program will naturally attract the attention of everyone from existing and prospective clients/patients to the media. Whether you are a for‐profit or non‐profit facility or community center, your ROI will therefore begin with increased programs you offer and the increased retention of clients as they have fun and discover how they can measure and validate their improvement.
You may also find that the economies of scale associated with products designed for group programming can offer a larger and quicker return on investment.
Are you interested in the small group training, large group programs or products designed primarily for individual use?
Are you interested in “real” or “simulated” interactive training?
Real touch vs VR/AR?
It pays to understand your options. Some interactive options simulate activity, so you’re moving, but you don’t actually make physical contact with the system while SMARTfit focuses on training that includes full contact with the system using real training equipment thus developing proprioception, training to apply appropriate touch as well as true accuracy when training and measuring the cognitive motor interaction. “Real touch” has proven itself to be fun and motivating while also offering a more direct transition to a real‐life activity such as sports, dancing, martial arts, or biking.
It would help to know what your out-of-pocket monthly budget and how soon you would like to see that expense covered with new income. You may already have a fixed budget, or you may have some flexibility based on the options you discover in your search for the optimal solution for your facility.
Step Two: Let’s look at your current situation in more detail and use that information to assist in formulating a plan for your proposed interactive programs.
Users and Programs: Identifying synergies between your existing and target clientele and your proposed new interactive programs.
Facility requirements: Surveying your facility to determine the best spaces in which to offer your new programs.
Determining the best solution to meet your needs, and consulting with and/or selling your conclusions to other decision makers
It’s easy to get caught up in the wizardry and appeal of technology‐based interactive products, but it is important to ask the right questions in order to come up with the best solutions for both the short and long run.
We suggest you start with a video conference where we can speak directly with you and your team and demonstrate how the systems will work for you doing what you want them to do. Some systems may be cumbersome to get to your site, but there may be installed sites relatively close to you which you can visit. A professional development day or staff meeting may be a great time for this for either a video conference or an on-site demonstration.
Which products and programs stand out in this respect?
Easy access to training and programming can make a huge difference to the success of your interactive program. Check out our on-line video training programs.
Making the budget fit the Solution
If not, be sure to ask your representative for assistance. We can send you an ROI calculator.
Group oriented products and programs often cost less per person and offer a higher ROI.