About this project
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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