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Smart data meets fitness. A clever activity tracker within a high tech jumping rope. Track calories & sync your exercise via Bluetooth.
Smart data meets fitness. A clever activity tracker within a high tech jumping rope. Track calories & sync your exercise via Bluetooth.
Smart data meets fitness. A clever activity tracker within a high tech jumping rope. Track calories & sync your exercise via Bluetooth.
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Sophia - The Smart Skipping Rope

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We created a fitness device that is really smart: it’s an activity tracker integrated within a super-portable skipping rope. You will be able to combine smart data with action, ensuring you get closer to your fitness goals.

  • Smart tracking: measure your jumps, speed and calories so you can have a workout that is truly customized to you.
  • Compact design: the magnetic leather grip keep the handles together when not in use, so you can keep Sophia in your bag.
  • Companion app: track your goals and achievements via the Bluetooth iPhone and Android app.
  • Challenge your friends: invite your friends to compete with you in the same room or remotely, and buddy up to collaboratively improve your health.

We are overwhelmed by the positive comments and great coverage we have received so far during our campaign, and we want to share some with you as they arrive.

"It was only a matter of time before fitness equipment started getting connected"CNET

"An interesting idea and for those looking for smarter exercise equipment"Ubergizmo

We selected the latest technology to make Sophia: the sturdy white casing encloses the newest fitness sensors, from a three-axis accelerometer to an optical module that counts your jump cycles with great precision.

The Bluetooth module links the rope with your smartphone, offering you smart insights through the companion app, and complementing the data from other sources through iOS HealthKit and Android GoogleFit.

And if your phone is out of battery, or if you prefer to not be disturbed during your workout, Sophia will count the jumps on the integrated display, and then store data until the next time you connect it.

We worked for months to develop Sophia and bring smart data to a new level. We didn’t want to take anything for granted: we re-engineered the classic handles to get rid of excessive parts and obtain a light, comfortable body, which perfectly fits in your hands.

When not in use, the handles are kept together by a magnetic mechanism, so they can take as little space as possible in your bag. And when you hold them, the ergonomic shape, the rubberised casing and the leather grip, all come together to give you a solid, yet natural grasp.

We also wanted Sophia to be a desirable object that you will carry around with you, to have it ready every time you have a few minutes to exercise. So we complemented the modern looks with three bright colours to make your workout stand out.

We listened to your feedback and introduced a leather version that is both elegant and extremely rugged. Both the grip and the string are made of high quality brown leather, which perfectly complement the white casing to offer great looks and the most comfortable jumping you’ve ever experienced.

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Want to see more of Sophia? Check out our galleries!
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The skipping rope has stood the test of time as a simple and yet effective tool to work on your body and overall health. With smart insights and a compact design, Sophia makes those benefits available to you everyday.

Exercising regularly with Sophia:

You versus the chair.

According to the NHS, we spend an average of between 7 to 10 hours of our waking time sitting or lying down, a habit that has several negative consequences of our quality of life.

Sitting down is directly linked with diabetes, cardiovascular problems, obesity, and a shorter life expectancy; according to extensive scientific research.

Regular exercise can go a long way towards improving your health and balancing your sedentary time. Increasing cardiovascular fitness and overall muscle tone, exercising with Sophia will help you beat the chair and subsequently live a healthier life.

Arcade mode.

Movement cannot just be measured; it needs to be fun. This is why we made it easy to take your friends on a challenge, wherever they are in the world. Just tap on the app to select between ‘time challenge’ or ‘jump countdown’ send a notification to a friend and…start jumping together!


App Interface.

We designed the app to be as simple as possible. Right from the home screen you can check whether you are on track to achieve your fitness goals, including how many skips you have completed, how many calories you have burnt, and many days in a row you have exercised; it's all there.

We also added two big orange buttons: one to jump and the other to challenge someone else to beat your score. Whether you're in the same room or on different continents, it's easy to find out who's the fittest. And if your phone is out of battery or if you prefer to stay 'in the zone' when you exercise, you can sync the data to the app the next time you log in.

 

Special thanks to Johanna Calderon-Dakin and CrowdCo for providing us with invaluable PR support and crowdfunding advice during our campaign. 

 

Risks and challenges

We have been working on the design for months, and moved to Shenzhen, China to complete development together with our manufacturer. This put us in a pretty safe position, with manufacturing already lined up and a well-tested product that people have had the opportunity to test and give us feedback on. Once we will have received the funds, we will adjust production according to the volume of requests received, finalise the full production, and prepare warehouse and shipping while the first batch is in the making. At the same time, part of the funds will be used to finalise development of our new version of the app, which will be compatible with both Android and iOS.

The production of Sophia is in good hands, and we hope it will soon be in yours!

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    Early Skipper.

    Receive one smart skipping rope in white/purple.

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    Sophia.

    Receive one smart skipping rope in either white/orange, white/purple or white/blue. You will be able to make your selection once the campaign is completed.

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    KICKSTARTER EDITION.

    Receive one smart skipping rope in our special Kickstarter edition.
    White body, green leather grip, and black cord.

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    Sophia Luxe.

    Receive one smart skipping rope in our special brown leather edition. White body and brown leather grip and cord.

    Fabric travel bag included.
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    The Fitness Buddy pack.

    Receive two smart skipping ropes and keep yourself motivated by training with a fitness buddy. Available in any combination of white/orange, white/purple or white/blue.
    You will be able to make your colour selection once the campaign is completed.

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    The Healthy Bunch pack.

    Keep yourself and your friends and family fit and healthy thanks to this three rope pack.
    Receive three smart skipping ropes in any combination of white/orange, white/purple or white/blue.
    You will be able to make your colour selection once the campaign is completed.

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    Pledge €269 or more About $302

    The 10-pack.

    A selection of ropes in all available colours (excluding Luxe & Kickstarter SE). Ideal for class workouts and personal trainers.

    Worldwide shipping included to one ship to location.

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    Jump to China.
    (And challenge the world champion.)

    Come visit the creators of Sophia in our Shenzhen office. You will be treated to a tech-tour of the 'silicon valley of hardware’ and you will learn how Sophia was developed and is manufactured. You will be able to meet the team over dinner, visit our manufacturing facilities and test the units coming from our first commercial batch.

    We partnered with Timothy Ho, world champion and rope-skipping record holder, and decided to include one extra night of accommodation in Hong Kong, where you will meet Timothy, exchange tips and…challenge him using Sophia.

    Includes visa and round-trip to China from anywhere in Europe, America and Asia, three nights central accommodation in Shenzhen, one night in Hong Kong, dinner with the team, and five “Sophias”.


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