About this project
Cycli turns exercise into a social experience. Cycli is the world's first Bluetooth enabled portable cycle that lets you race against your office buddies, your grandma, your dodgeball team, your city, or even the whole world.
Just put Cycli under your office desk or in front of your couch and start cycling. Cycli will track all your data like reps/calories burned and send it to your iPhone or Android (think FitBit while you're sitting).
And here's where it gets social... In addition to tracking how much you exercise, Cycli let's you compete against other people in public or private groups. Simply join a group with your family, your coworkers, or even your Facebook friends and see how well you stack up against everyone else!
IOT meets fitness. Join the community. We all know it's easier to stick to a fitness goal if you're not doing it by yourself. The Cycli app connects you to every other Cycli user so that the whole world can be your exercise buddy.
Exercise any time, with anyone. We all have our excuses. The gym is intimidating. Your workout buddy just moved out of state. You like playing video games. You just had a baby. We get it. We made Cycli for you.
The portable cycle. Reinvented. Cycli is packed with tons of features that you literally cannot find on any other portable cycle. Patents pending.
Meet the brains of the operation. We built all the electronics from scratch to handle and store all the metrics from your exercise and, most importantly, to wirelessly transfer data to your phone through a BLE connection.
Take Cycli anywhere! With its sleek, compact design, you can put Cycli under your desk, in front of your couch, or beside your bed. We guarantee Cycli won't become another drying rack like that giant treadmill in the corner.
This large 46mm LCD touchscreen shows you important metrics like calories burned, time spent exercising, and number of reps. Just tap the screen to scroll through the metrics. You can even use your foot! The screen automatically turns on when you start cycling.
Cycli uses a high quality magnetic resistance mechanism that provides a wide range of resistance levels. Need an easy workout? Turn the resistance knob to Level 1. Are you a fitness junkie that wants to feel the burn? Turn the resistance knob to Level 8. Cycli's magnetic resistance also provides smooth and quiet operation so you won't bug your office mates.
Did you know that most (if not all) other portable cycles are giving you a very "rough" estimate of calories burned? That's because they do not factor in the resistance level. We gave Cycli a proprietary smart sensor that measures the resistance level (1-8) and uses it to give you a much more accurate measurement of how many calories you've burned.
Being connected isn't always a good thing. Especially when it's to the wall. That's why we added a large lithium polymer battery that can run for days without charging. When you need a boost, simply plug Cycli in to any outlet (charger included)!
Cycli is built on a high quality steel and aluminum foundation. That means that Cycli will be able to handle all your aggression on Monday morning, and it won't slide around while you're pedaling away.
We have spent the last 7 years building tools to get people moving again. At our roots, we are passionate about using technology in innovative ways to empower people to lead healthier and happier lives. Our first products were geared towards helping people with stroke, brain injury, and Spinal Cord injury to recover using music and technology. You can learn more at www.flintrehab.com
Two years ago, we decided to expand our original mission of helping people after they have had a neurologic injury to developing devices that can help prevent those injuries in the first place. Did you know that not exercising may be as bad for you as smoking cigarettes?! Check out this time magazine article (http://healthland.time.com/2012/07/18/lack-of-exercise-as-deadly-as-smoking-study-finds/).
And its no surprise that we don't exercise as much as we should. Most of us sit all day at work looking at a screen, and when we go home we either have no time for exercise or are too tired to do anything but lounge on the couch and watch TV. Because of this, we wanted to create an exercise tool that people can use while they are going about their daily lives. We sit for an average of 8 hours per day, so why not put those sitting hours to better use?
Our Search For the Perfect Cycle. We realized that most stationary, under the desk-type cycles out there were antiquated, broke easily, and were unattractive. So we started from scratch by making a cycle that people could get excited about.
It had to be Social. These days we are more connected than ever. We place a high value on being able to share experiences with everyone, even if they are on the other side of the world. And even though we don't like to admit it, we care about how we measure up to those people (no one wants to be the last person picked in gym class!).
We knew that by making Cycli social, we could leverage those innate human desires for competitiveness, accountability, and community in a positive way. It's no surprise that if you and your friends are working towards a common goal, everyone does better.
We have gone through multiple design iterations and are finally happy with the result. Everything from the hardware to the electronics to the phone app have been meticulously thought out and tested, and Cycli is ready for show time.
This is where we need your help! In order to get the cost down to a reasonable price point, we need to do a large scale manufacturing run. We have a track record of delivering on unique tech products that make a difference in people's lives, and we are confident that with your help we can get Cycli to you before the holiday season.
Production and Fulfillment Plan:
We want to be perfectly transparent with you every step of the way. Here’s some information on how we will be turning this product from our current prototype to a product that you can hold in your hands. Production and fulfillment will be handled in a three step process.
Step 1: Manufacturing Printed circuit board (PCB) fabrication, PCB assembly, and injection molding will all be handled through NOA Labs. This manufacturing firm has a proven track record. They have worked with giants such as BMW and Airbus as well as countless small businesses and start-ups. We have worked with them on several successful projects. The company is ready to produce up to 50,000 units per month and quoted us a lead time of 45-60 days for production. Shipment will take another 45-60 days. We received small sample runs of both the electronics and the housing and they look great!
Step 2: Assembly. We will begin assembly the same day the units arrive from NOA labs. During the assembly process, will will perform a functional test to make sure everything is in working order. We will then package this item in the supplied retail box. This process is expected to take between 15-30 days depending on the number of orders.
Step 3: Fulfillment. We partnered with a local fulfillment center that is ready to ship out all the units. This process will take 5-10 days. It will take an additional 5-15 days for USPS to get the item to your door. We will push as hard as humanly possible to get Cycli to your doorstep!
Risks and challenges
We’ve worked hard to minimize the risks associated with Cycli. The product has already gone through several design/prototyping stages and beta tests with target users. We are officially ready to manufacture. We have qualified our manufacturers and first-level fulfillment partners. If we can raise enough funds, we are confident that we can ship the product in time for our customers to be using Cycli before the holiday season. We have verified prototype level manufacturing, but we need large orders to bring the manufacturing costs down to an affordable level.
If setbacks occur, we will contact our customers to keep them informed of possible delays. If orders are slow to arrive, we will ship to customers in order that they committed funds.
A special thanks to Myron Kim and his team at Moka Visuals for putting together an amazing video.
Another special thanks to Velvetwire for aiding with the electronics and enclosure design. You guys are awesome!
A huge thanks in advance for believe in us and helping to support Cycli!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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