The Evolution of a Classic
Smart Rope is an LED-embedded jump rope that works with your smartphone, creating an “anywhere, anytime” fitness experience. We’ve created a true active fitness wearable that brings the best in new tech to a tried-and-true workout, consistently recommended by the health and wellness community.
Why the jump rope?
We’re all looking to make our health a priority - eating right and being active. We’re living longer and healthcare continues to be a huge expense for society at large. We know we need to work out more, but the time and money required don’t always make it easy. Unfortunately, many workouts that look to fill that need are here today, gone tomorrow - just look at any “Made for TV” gadget or that huge setup in the basement that’s being used for a coat hanger, collecting dust in our basement.
We’ve embedded 23 high-quality LEDs into a proprietary, patent-pending FPCB (flexible printed circuit board) design. These LEDs can display up to four digits with clear visibility even in bright rooms, and eventually we’ll be able to display things like icons and emojis with upcoming software releases. As you jump, the LEDs display your progress right before your eyes. They’ll also illuminate as you power on and off the Smart Rope, and provide information about battery life.
A side from all the digital technology involved, we’ve also elevated the physical design of the jump rope in a variety of ways. The rope is positioned at a 45 degree angle to the handle to encourage effortless, natural motion. Ball bearings are used to ensure fast, smooth revolutions. All materials are of premium quality and finish, with meticulous attention to detail.
User Experience Design
Smart Gym app works seamlessly with Smart Rope with two-way communication. Jumps counted and workout times are broadcast to the app for tracking and monitoring, while BMI data and workout goals entered into the app are broadcast to Smart Rope to craft your custom workout. Smart Gym works with multiple Smart Rope devices, although Bluetooth won’t allow simultaneous pairing of multiple devices. This means your family (or your CrossFit team) can use different Smart Rope devices with a single smartphone.
The image below is an idea sketch at the beginning of the project. We started with a simple idea and completed a product that seemed impossible to implement. During a one-year development period, we had a lot of difficulties. We had a lot of thoughts to give up in the middle, but we did it after all.