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backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, June 2 2014 9:59 AM UTC +00:00

About

History of the KL board

Kettlebell lifting is popular worldwide. The reason for this is its simplicity and the low cost of the equipment. All you need for this training are shorts, a t-shirt and comfortable shoes. That's enough to begin to engage in this wonderful sport. Exercises involving kettlebell lifting are commonly used in the preparation for the comprehensive fitness of any athlete. The kettle bells develop all muscle groups and have a positive impact on the overall shape of an athlete. However, to achieve the best results in kettlebell lifting, a significant training problem confronts athletes. Amateur and professional kettlebell users face the same problem, the need to count the number of lifts performed. To solve this problem, there are various options:
 - You can ask the coach to count, but then the coach can focus only on one athlete and in a large hall, with lots of people, this becomes less than productive. During the time concentrating on just one athlete, he could have corrected the technique of 10 athletes! 

- You can ask a colleague in the same training area, but then they would have to interrupt their training to help you. While the calculation will help you, it will cool down the muscles of the other athlete, who in consequence will need more time to perform an additional workout to avoid injury.

First working version
First working version

All of this affects the outcome for your team as a whole. And in many cases, reliable assistance is just not available. To achieve the best results with kettlebell exercises, it is necessary to concentrate on technique. Professional athletes assess their strength over a specific period of time. They calculate how much they need to upgrade their performance each minute to build strength. So it is necessary for the count to be conducted by somebody else. To assist athletes, our team has developed a complex automatic counting system for the training of athletes. The number of completed kettlebell lifts is measured by the KL board. This is a very straightforward system, designed for athletes of all levels. We conducted a considerable amount of research with beginners, amateurs and world-class athletes. The data obtained from the studies formed the basis for creating the perfect system, which will help to achieve the best kettlebell lifting results for any athlete.


Specifications for KL board:
Size: 270x180x25 mm Screen: 10'' LCD 1024x780 3 buttons
1GB built-in memory - 320mb available for storing training diary and 10 athlete profiles.
Waterproof. Conforms to IP67
Interfaces:
 - USB connection to your computer and to update firmware
- WiFi sync with special software for coach
- Frequency 2.4 GHz to synchronize with the transmitter
Sensor weight 92 grams
Weight 600 grams KL board
Tripod, height 0.4-1.5 m supplied
Battery life 16 hours
Software compatible with Windows and Mac OS

Flexible adjustment to the individual characteristics of athletes.

KL board has been created according to the specifications of experienced athletes. All athletes have different parameters - height, arm length, etc. Using a single system for all counts could lead to significant errors. For maximum accuracy at the beginning of training the athlete must make a simple calibration:

- Put weights on the floor and press the calibration - Bring the weights to the starting position on the chest and press the button again  - Push the weights up and fix, then click on 

This is the only time you need an assistant. Once these simple steps have been carried out, the athlete profile will be saved in memory and further calibration for the athlete will not be required. You can save up to 10 athlete profiles in the internal memory. Calibration takes a few seconds and then you can start training.


To start working with KL board, you need to:   

- Turn on and connect the sensor to the bottom of the weights. The sensor has been specially designed and is made of high strength aluminum alloy, which makes it very durable (able to withstand up to 5000 32kg kettlebell drops from a height of 2 meters) and light (92 grams). The sensor is designed in such a way as not to disturb the center of gravity of the weight. The low weight means that the sensor does not cause the athlete any inconvenience.  
- Synchronize the KL board and the sensor with the button
- Choose an exercise (jerk, snatch or long cycle)
- Press the start button and start the exercise


KL board is designed in accordance with the international rules of kettlebell lifting. At the beginning of each exercise, a control countdown of 5 seconds is provided. The weights are fixed in the upper position, as is necessary for the reading of the lift on the KL board for 0.5 seconds. So the athlete is able to train according to the official rules for competition. All movements are measured automatically.

Waterproof  

 KL board is fully water-proof and impervious to dust and dirt, permitting heavy duty training. In kettlebell lifting, athletes often use chalk to improve contact with the weights, so the athlete always has white hands and leaves large prints on glossy panels. With KL board, this is not a problem. If you have soiled the board in training, then you can simply wash it with tap water or wipe it with a damp cloth (*1). KL board complies with IP67, i.e. it is protected from dust, dirt and water (*2). With KL Board, nothing can stop your training !   

* 1 Do not use cleaning agents to remove dirt from the surface of KL board.

* 2 Under IP67 standards, the device is not intended to operate when submerged under water.  

KL board software  

KL board can be connected to a computer via WiFi. This is designed for the convenience of the person controlling the training process. The computer program combines up to 20 devices to a single network. The coach can track the results of each athlete in real time. After completion of the training program, the program generates a report with the results for each athlete for convenient further analysis and adjustments to the training process.

Schedule for the project  

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Why do we need your support?

From the very first idea, up to the final stage of prototype launch - the finance was mostly based on the team's personal budget and enthusiasm. Each and every person of the team was bringing his part - technical skill, connections which allowed to rent the expensive equipment, personal contacts with world athletes of kettlebell sport. We were buying parts which we needed just for single prototype. As a result the final price of the device was too high for the end user. In order to make it cheaper, we need to make the order bigger so we can launch the mass production of the KL Board. Also, the patent needs to be registered, so the production could be certified. The resources are needed for all of that. For now we want to use factories of our colleagues, but in future the plan is to make the production private, so we won't depend on anybody, and the process of assembling will be much faster. The athletes will be getting our product without any frustrating pre-orders and waiting time. Support us and we will make the kettlebell sport easier and more modern!

Production Plan

1) Idea
2) Assembling and testing of the prototype.
3) KICKSTARTER
4) Parts Order
5) Production of the Product on existing factories
6) Factory rent for production and future improvements
7) International distributing
8) Launch of the special equipment for kettlebell sport

Our team 


Andrey Dronov

I'm currently a student of financial university in Russia. I'm also a professional athlete in kettlebell sport. In future I want to take part in World Championship. Based on my experience, we created KL Board. In our team I am creating future features of KL Board. If you like our project - support us!

Artyom Shenkov

Art is our technical genius. From childhood his hobby was radio technology and hi-tech in general. Together we created KL Board. We had a lot of ideas and features for the final prototype but due to the price we had to say "no" to lots of them. Though in the future we are planning to get back to those ideas. His main responsibility now is quality of the final product.


Ekaterina Raznova


She is our designer. She created the final look of KL Board. At first it was just some parts and sensors asembled together with no finished look. And now it has pretty modern design and advanced technical features.

Risks and challenges

The production of new products always represents a risk, as with all projects on Kickstarter. However, to minimize the risks associated with the production of KL Board, our team has conducted numerous studies of professional athletes involved in kettlebell lifting. Experience derived from our research has proven the need for this product on the sports technology market. The popularity of kettlebell lifting as an international sport means that competitors and trainers will want to keep up with the times. Thus the application of high technology to achieve optimal results is as necessary in kettlebell lifting as in all other competitive sports.

KL board was developed in collaboration with the world's leading kettlebell sport athletes. Our experience in the field of sports technology makes our design unique in the market. Another strong advantage is the lack of direct competitors involved in the development of automated systems for kettlebell lift counting. The main competitor is the traditional counting system, as used in all official competitions. However, the major drawback of this system is the process of counting, which introduces human factor interference. The main advantage of KL Board is portability and ease of use. Setup is very simple and takes minimal time. The athlete can also use our invention at any place and time. KL Board can operate without recharging for 12 hours. In fact, this should last for four extensive workouts. The athlete can engage with the KL board for a week without needing to look for an electrical socket.

We have built several working models to identify potential technical weaknesses in KL Board. In later production we will consider all of your requirements with regard to our invention, but we consider that we already have a perfect system that can make a champion of any man!

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