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My name is Jonathan Smith. I'm the guy in the 30day transformation pictures at the top of the page! Do you have a neck or back injury? Are you commonly fatigued or find yourself slumping over at your desk?
I am the inventor of a fitness / rehabilitation device called The Spyder 360. The Spyder is the result of a need I discovered during a year in physical rehabilitation.
The Spyder can be used by beginners, those with injuries in need of rehabilitation, and the most elite athletes. All while still being safe enough for a child to play with!
People who have an injury need to exercise more than those who don’t.
That’s because another part of our body needs to compensate for the weak or injured part. This often leads to another injury.
- Who is the Inventor?
I am an industrial designer and I live in Nashville Tennessee with my Wife and our two children. For the past 15 years, I have been developing products for companies around the world.
- Where did the idea come from?
16 years ago, I was hit by a car while walking through a cross walk. Thankfully no bones were broken, but my injuries required me to undergo a year of physical therapy to rehab my neck/back/and shoulder.
During my rehab, I learned a lot about strength training, the plateau effect, calisthenics, HIIT/Interval training, and the multitude of equipment found in most gyms.
- Do you have Patents?
YES! We were granted our Utility patents and Design patents in 2016, many years after filing them. More are in in process. International patents have also been filed. I develop products for a living, the corner stone of that effort is idea generation and ring fencing an idea.
- What stage we are at now?
The Spyder 360 is ready to go into production, all DFM work has been completed by our manufacturer. (Design for Manufacturing)
I have developed and iterated dozens of prototypes around the Spyder concept, conducted tests with consumers of every fitness level. Including personal trainers, strength coaches, and physical therapists.
I have interviewed over 100 people and business owners across the country.
Lipscomb Universities Exercise science and Kinesiology department will be conducting an intensive study using the Spyders in early 2017.
They will be presenting their findings to the American College of Sports Medicine in May.
I will be working with experts to develop exercises for beginner, intermediate, and more advanced users. Physical therapists have also expressed interest in developing options for their patients.
While developing our first paper workout guide, we will develop video based training options that you will be able access on YouTube or your mobile phone.
Next will be DVD’s for those who prefer to exercise in the comfort of their own home.
Our ultimate goal is to create a mobile app that will allow you select the parts of your body you want to work, and it will build a custom routine!
You will be able to input any injuries or special needs you may have.
The mobile app will also allow individuals and trainers to share the exercises they develop.
The versatility and range of the Spyder is unlimited, we are developing new ways to use the Spyders every day.
- This is how I and others feel about the Spyder 360
I feel great about the Spyder 360, as do the experts I have consulted with during its development.
I took the Spyder 360 to them and asked if I had created something dangerous.
I did not hear a single concern or negative comment from anyone I consulted with. BUT I heard a lot of great ideas about how to make them better.
- What is The Spyder 360 made of?
The Spyder 360 is composed of a base & handle assembly, the primary components of both assemblies are constructed of Glass Filled Nylon, which is an incredibly strong material that is rarely used in the fitness industry.
We estimate that each Spyder base can support a total of 850lbs!
The wheels are ball bearing driven just like roller skates, whisper quiet, and do not need maintenance during their lifespan.
They will NOT damage your wood floors or leave oil or grease lines on your carpets. They require NO Maintenance.
They are rated to last 15 years on carpeting, rubber floors, wood floors, and on most other surfaces.
Gym owners, Physical Therapists, and Chiropractors are even using them on their walls for resistance training and calisthenics that they can’t simulate any other way.
The handle grip uses a soft TPU rubber, which won’t get tacky in the summer, resists abrasion, and won’t degrade over time like foam.
The structural body of the handle is composed of an ABS plastic core that has a steel rod running through its center.
You can also use the handle assembly like a pair of push up bars if you encounter wrist pain when doing pushups, like so many of us do.
- Why I need your support
Up to this point, I have supported this effort under my own steam. Over 130k $ in development costs, and thousands of hours of design, engineering, testing, and refinement have been put into making the Spyder 360 a tool that will grow with you and continue to challenge you for years to come.
I need your support to take The Spyder 360 from a small idea prototyped in our 800sq ft apartment, to a game changing fitness/rehabilitation tool for millions of people.
- What I will do with the money
With the 20k I raise during this campaign, plus more of our own money, our manufacturer will begin to make the tooling. IF WE REACH OUR TARGET GOAL before the Kickstarter is over, the manufacturer will pay for the tooling so that we can fulfill our rewards even faster! I will then repay him when the finds from the kickstarter are released to me, a few days after the campaign ends.
I will complete the purchase orders for all the components required to make The Spyder 360 a reality.
Our manufacturer has offered to cover half of the tooling costs. Which is a huge plus for their engagement and belief in the Spyder 360.
We will also use this money to pay the individuals who will support the development of the workout guide and certification programs.
We are planning on adding a nutrition guide as well.
- Here are details on the rewards
In terms of the rewards, there are three primary levels, or packages if you will.
These prices will only be available during this Kickstarter campaign!
Once a level has sold out, we will add another pledge level and the price will increase. So, don’t wait, purchase them now to get the best price!
- Level 1 starts at 49$. This gets you a pair of Spyders, a knee pad, and a work out guide that has beginner, intermediate, and advanced workouts.
- Level 2 starts at 65$. This level adds a 15lb carabiner style resistance band, a pair of handles, a pair of wrist/ankle straps, and a door anchor to the Level 1 package.
- Level 3 starts at 99$. This level adds 30lbs of iron weight to the Level 2 package, to turn your Spyders into a pair of 5, 10, 15, or 20lb dumbbells!
We also have Club Packs for each of the 3 levels. The Club pack gives you 4 sets of the items in each level.
Again, the number of Club Packs at each price point is limited. Once they sell out, we will add another pledge level and the price will go up.
- The Club Pack for Level 1 is 196$
- The Club Pack for Level 2 it is 260$
- The Club Pack for Level 3 it is 396$.
We are also including a discount for future purchases. If you support our Kickstarter campaign right now, you will receive a coupon for a discount on future purchases.
This coupon will not expire and you can use it once we have fulfilled our responsibilities to backers like you.
A single Spyder is small & light enough to take with you wherever you go. While also being versatile enough to use in the smallest spaces.
The exercises that can be done with a single Spyder allow even the most advanced user to be challenged while on the road.
The biggest thing we are pushing for from our Manufacturer is a strong warranty for all of the components.
What may happen is you would be able to purchase a lifetime warranty for 19.95, like what phone companies offer.
If there are any claims, you will handle them with us directly, not a subsidiary or another company located outside the USA.
- Not reaching our goal will set us back, but it won't stop us.
Over 96% of people who have tried the Spyders wanted to buy them. Once you try them, you will love them because your results will be amazing!
The real challenge is getting them into people’s hands so they can see how versatile and beneficial they are.
The Spyder 360’s is only limited by your imagination. And we will provide all the exercise options you will ever need!
By supporting our campaign right now, you ensure that the Spyder 360 will go into production. If you do support us, sharing our campaign with your friend son Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram will go a long way!
- Thank You everyone!
Thank you to all the individuals and business owners who supported us along the way. And to all of you who are unsure about purchasing a pair of Spyder 360’s, you don’t need to be afraid of these Spyders! My family & I Thank you for your support!
Inventor of The Spyder 360
Risks and challenges
If you decide to become a backer, sharing the Spyder 360 Kickstarter campaign with your social networks when you finish your pledge will be the best thing you can do for us. A single tweet or Facebook share will impact our campaign and its ultimate success.
The risks include potential strikes at factories in China, BUT this is always a potential. The companies I am working with and the atmosphere was strong when I visited each manufacturer/supplier this past November. All of them have been in business for years.
There are not many things I have left to chance. I have been working with each supplier, visiting their factories, and engaging with their workers. I know they can easily meet our capacity if we crush our goals and if we just make it, they can manage those as well.
The biggest risk is us losing our shirts on shipping. A global campaign brings many potential pitfalls for overseas buyers including VAT Taxes. Which US buyers wont face. ALL ITEMS WILL BE MARKED AS GIFTS.
Another risk is if US import duties are raised by the New US President when he takes office. Ultimately this burden will fall upon me, I will not increase the price for you if this happens.
We have a financial cushion to manage events like those outlined above. Crushing our funding goal will alleviate any concerns we have on the financial side, and I will commit my time over seas ensuring each backer gets their items as promised.
Please direct any questions or thoughts to CustomerService@TheSpyder360.com
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