About

At Plantiga, we’re all about mindful movement. By balancing specialist knowledge with machine learning, we strive to live the healthiest life possible. Our platform is here to put more weight behind your forward momentum.

Background

Plantiga Technologies Inc. was founded in North Vancouver by father and son team Norman McKay and Quin Sandler. During its first eight years, the company existed to build, test and develop smart footwear technologies. The goal was, and still is, to deliver the insights of gait analytics anywhere and anytime.

From the beginning, Norman knew that valuable products and services could be built into athletics, healthcare, biometric security, logistics, and other industries – if footwear could record ground reaction force and similar dynamics. Norman understood the deep insights innate in each footstep. On the foundations that Norman laid, Plantiga has grown into a highly specialized, vertically integrated production and data analytics company.

Our expertise is drawn from diverse backgrounds with the common goal of remaining at the forefront of motion analytics technology. We are athletes, superfans and service members. We run up mountains and bike to work. We're also data nerds and engineers. We understand how catastrophic injury can be so we've created the tools to help rebuild strength and speed up recovery – and better yet, to prevent injury in the first place. Our ultimate goal? For everyone to live their healthiest life.

Design

Human beings are designed to move, and our design process draws its inspiration from this fact. Drawing on our own experience and the guidance of our expert advisors, we tackle the biggest problems in the field of motion analytics today. Our solution? Technology that gives people immediate access to their own movement insights, anywhere. Cutting-edge design for the here and now.

Plantiga design

Develop

The Plantiga development team takes design ideas and runs with them. Our multitalented group of software, firmware, mechatronics, materials, and hardware engineers never stops pushing platform improvements. In our internal biomechanics lab, prototypes undergo rigorous testing against industry standards. We rapidly progress from version to version, always striving to reach the next motion analytics breakthrough – and then come up with something even better.

Plantiga development

Manufacture

For us, local and handmade are more than just buzzwords. We’re a tech company with an indomitable commitment to quality – it’s only natural that we manufacture our innovative hardware in small batches in our own shop. This way, we have full control of the just-in-time production process, from soldering to packaging, and can do work to custom specifications. Being Vancouver born and bred, we support local services and suppliers whenever we can. Ultimately, the metrics we collect are used to build a database for our own machine learning algorithms – we grow stronger by helping those around us.

Plantiga manufacturing

Our Team

Quin Sandler

Quin Sandler

CEO

Sergio Mollica

Sergio Mollica

Mobile + Operations

Matt Jordan

Matt Jordan

Biomechanics

Darius Saheb

Darius Saheb

Mechatronics

Jungmin Cha

Jungmin Cha

Software

Fainne Martin

Fainne Martin

Office + Admin

Kay Penney

Kay Penney

QA/QC+ Logistics

Kevin Hollowed

Kevin Hollowed

Manufacturing

Kellen Voyer

Kellen Voyer

Legal

CJ Karrer

CJ Karrer

Finance + Strategy

Lauren Fridman

Lauren Fridman

Research + Validation

Our Advisors

Dr. Jordan Shlain

MD

Gary Vitti

Head Trainer, L.A. Lakers

Tim Difrancesco

Strength Coach, L.A. Lakers

Paul Robbins

Data Analyst, NBA, NFL, NCAA

Matt Chapdelaine

Pro Athlete & Coach

Dr. Issa Traoré

P. Eng, Data Scientist

Dr. Geoffrey Allan Gray

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