KGoal is a fitness tracker for your vagina (Wired UK)


Minna Life


You know those muscles you use to stop the flow of pee? Well
those are your pelvic floor muscles. They stretch between the pubic
bone and the tailbone and cradle your bladder, bowels and — in
women — the uterus.

Keeping them strong is important for a variety of reasons,
including providing stability for the pelvic reason and lower
spine. Pregnancy and childbirth can wreak havoc on the PFMs and
this can then lead to incontinence (both kinds) and reduced
pleasure during sex.

There exist lots of weird and wonderful tools and techniques for
strengthening pelvic floor muscles — including barbells,
electrostimulation and rubber resistance — most of which focus on
Kegel
exercises
. But none has been as smart as Minna Life’s KGoal which, for all intents and purposes, is a
Fitbit for your vagina. A ‘foofbit’, if you will. 

KGoal is a device that features a squeezable silicone pillow
that can be inserted into the vagina. The wearer can then squeeze
their pelvic floor muscles around the device and KGoal will measure
your clench strength and feed that information to an accompanying
app via Bluetooth. The device also features a motor to provide
vibrational biofeedback to help the wearer identify when they are
performing the exercises correctly — more than 30 percent of women
are not able to contract these muscles without direct feedback and
find themselves flexing their abs, glutes or thighs.

The app features a range of ladybit workouts designed by
physiotherapists and doctors. Individuals can then track their
performance, monitoring their muscle strength and endurance over
time.

Minna Life’s Jon Thomas told Wired.co.uk that the biggest
challenge was “fine-tuning the human interface and ergonomics of
the device”.  “By that I mean the product shape and feel.
 Because KGoal must fit a wide variety of anatomies, it was a
challenge to make the product both functional and comfortable
across the full spectrum of our users.  A classic case of form
and function having to work together rather than oppose one
another.”

To overcome this challenge, the team worked in an interative
manner. “Ultimately we settled on a solution that we passed off to
our user group for testing, and we are now in the process of making
final adjustments before going into manufacturing.”

Minna Life has created a range of sexual health products
including a couple of vibrators that are activated by squeezing
them: Limon and Ola. It’s using Kickstarter to raise funds for
KGoal in order to get user feedback and to cover manufacturing
costs.

So far the KGoal has raised about half of its $90,000 goal on the crowdfunding platform. You can pre-order
yours for $125, but the retail price is expected to be more like
$175.

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Source: wired.co.uk
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