LoopBall: the first Bluetooth connected sport ball !
LoopBall: the first Bluetooth connected sport ball !
The ball with a brain that supercharges your Beachball game to a new playing experience: metrics, more challenge, fun and a community !
The ball with a brain that supercharges your Beachball game to a new playing experience: metrics, more challenge, fun and a community ! Read more
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LoopBall is the first Bluetooth connected ball that transforms beach ball game into a funnier, broader and more attractive playing experience. Finally, technology gives this game the innovation it lacked !
LoopBall has been developed with players in mind : it is an unobtrusive device that helps them collect and save important metrics of their games directly from the ball while they play.
LoopBall is a ball with a brain, that relieve yours ! Computing complex tasks is a piece of cake for LoopBall, it is able to :
- Count the number of rallies of the players.
Just like Chuck Norris the LoopBall can count to infinity... twice ;-)
- Compute the distance between players to rank games.
Leave your measuring tape at home !
- Keep track of the speed of the strokes and record average and maximum values for each round, for lightning fast games !
- Compute the calories burnt during games :
ideal for a perfect #beachbody
- Help you find your LoopBall with the "Bluetooth proximity" feature :
no more lost ball anymore !
The LoopBall application lets you access data in real time or sync them later on your Smartphone. You can then check the history of your performances and improvements : the app is a great personal trainer ;-) . Share your best results with your friends and family and challenge them to beat your records.
Browse nearby games or contests or create your own : maximum number of rallies to beat or play everyday of the week, you define your rules ! If your favorite partner is not here to play with you, the app can suggest partners around you, no more excuse ;-)
Beach Ball is a great sport, played by millions of people around the world, of any age and different physical conditions !
This sport is called by many different names: Matkot, Frescobol, Beachball, Beachtennis, Rallyball, raquettes de plages, palas de playa, rachette, racchettoni... You name it ! Feel free to share on our FaceBook page any new name you know about.
This popular sport can be played casually for fun, or very hard during competition as in Brazil or in Israel, but the rules are universal : rally the ball as much as possible without dropping it !
In this informal game, 75 % of the players try to count their rallies and have a hard time doing it. LoopBall was born from this idea that the ball should do the maths for you and free your brain : no more headache, just pure fun.
Engineered with great know-how and care by experts with state of the art technology, the main material of LoopBall is Love since we invested tremendous amount of efforts, sweat, tests, errors, success and joy in its development.
LoopBall embeds four main components :
- Accurate and reliable accelerometer sensor that analyses every acceleration up to 100 times each second in any given direction
- Microchip that computes all the data "on the fly" and stores relevant metrics. It can record hundred of games without syncing
- Bluetooth Low Consumption Energy to communicate efficiently with Smartphones and Smartwatches
- Battery : light and small, it packs enough energy for years of fun on typical usage (it packs 4 times more power than a rechargeable battery)
- The ball is shockproof to regular games strokes and daily abuse. It is also waterproof and floats, of course, to enjoy beachball in the water
- When you are not using the LoopBall, it is smart enough to go in "deep sleep" mode.
- Your Smartphone can even tell you where you left the LoopBall for the last time !
This small packaged electronic element weight around 10 grams (0,35 Oz) and is built on a custom circuit board that has a 1.5 square centimeter (0,24 square inch) footprint.
All the components are fine tuned and soldered to obtain a perfect balance of the ball. The electronic is molded into a waterproof coating, then into protective shell that prevent crushing the electronic while letting the Bluetooth radio waves travel freely.
This hard core resides at the very center of the soft core of the LoopBall. The outer aspect is rubbery, just like a squash ball. The overall diameter is 5.5 cm (2.1 inches).
We want our backer to take part of the projet and choose the final color of the ball thanks to our Kickstarter survey that will be released before the end of the campain.
LoopBall has been through many stages of prototypes and keeps improving :
LoopBall Smartphone beta application counting rallies
LoopBall Smartwatch beta application
Back our campaign today by choosing one of the rewards from the right panel. Any support is really much appreciated. You are part of the LoopBall adventure and looking for a better and sportier world ! Feel free to love and spread the word.
When you will see LoopBall on beaches and parks in a near future, remind yourself that this success it is thanks to you, original backers.
You should receive your LoopBall in the early 2018, but with some luck, you might find it under your christmas tree (which is even greater for summer in the southern hemisphere).
You can customize your rackets with beautiful laser etching !
Choose the drawing / picture / symbol / writing / sentence you want and we personalize your own rackets design it with the laser as below :
LoopBall has been developed by sporty and passionate people with differente and diverse personnalities, qualities and abilities !
Jean-Baptiste : the guy behind all the story. He successfully co-created two businesses in other fields. Business and entrepreneurship major, he is fond of sport : squash, Marathon, TRX, HiiT, CrossFit… and has a deep passion for new technologies and innovation.
Victor : hardware engineer, he successfully co-developed other IoT objets before with the same Nordic Bluetooth chip that is inside the LoopBall.
Salomé : software engineer, she is bright and sporty, C programming and Bluetooth has not secret for her.
Jean : designer, Jean is our advisor on the relation between form and function. After too much hard work in his life, he joined the project and decided to start sport again.
Paul-Édouard : the gamer of the team. Former Ubisoft employee, his experience in the gaming industry helps us building the gamification of LoopBall. If a trophy is too hard to obtain, he is the person you have to blame.
Lucie : she is the crowdfunding expert. She masters excel spreadsheets, currency conversion and shipping fees. She is the back office of our crowdfunding story, helped to choose the reliability of Kickstarter and advice us on the promotion of our campaign. She successfully carried out dozen of crowdfunding.
Méline : marketing and communication, social networks is her this. She loves any kind of sport and competition (mostly handball and horse-riding), she worked as well in several sport centers.
Hervé : he is our business advisor, thanks to his 30+ years in the sport ball business. He is doubled as an entrepreneur as squash club owner and squash courses builder. He knows a lot about any racquet sport and imported Speedmington in France. Despite his calm, he can make you sweat and run like crazy on a squash course !
Positions are open at Loop, if you are ready to tackle some challenges and to sleep, eat,practice sport and play at work. If you have a dedication for the product and/or IoT industry. If you are smart, sporty passionate and want to join a nice and keen of sport team, feel free to drop us an email at email@example.com
A little bit of "story telling" for our backers : it started back in 2013 when Jean-Baptiste was playing with his cousin Grégoire on La Baule waterfront. They were starting to be good (they though they were) at beach ball : they wanted to track & follow their score & results, which was a bit tiring with manual counting.
Jean-Baptiste started to draw specs and features of the “SmartBall” (that was its names at that time).
He started to work with a DIY prototype : he piggybacked a “Nike+” sensor on a foam ball to check feasibility in term of size & weight (see prototype gallery) : that was a beginning of the LoopBall.
After some researches and a market survey, encouraged by relative and friends, Jean-Baptiste joined Usine.IO to find the best experts and teammates to develop LoopBall. Followed by numerous months of research, conception, discussions, prototyping, tests, fails, sweat, LoopBall is almost ready !
If you are interested in writing about LoopBall, please feel free to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for our press kit.
Our final prototype is really awesome, we love it but we still need to carry out some work, mostly :
- Enhance battery usage
- Develop our iOS and Android application (only in alpha stage)
- Freeze specifications for production
LoopBall will be available and shipping in February 2018, the time for us to make it perfect for you !
Here is scheduled timeline for the next months :
Risks and challenges
It is our first Kickstarter campaign so it is a challenge for us. We LOVE challenge and that is why we created the LoopBall. This is not our first company, so we already have business experiences. We have been working for months to launch this campaign and we teamed up with a team who has 20 successful hardware campaigns launch.
Hardware product is a lot of trial and errors, sweat, driven by love and passion. Our team has been developing and improving the LoopBall at the hardware FabLab, Usine.IO in Paris, France. Thanks to their expertise and experience we will be prepared to avoid common mistakes and delays. We cooperate with recommended suppliers worldwide thanks to the Usine IO connexions in the hardware industry. We want your LoopBall to be the best, we are not willing to compromise.
The Loop team thinks big for LoopBall. Our challenge is to make LoopBall famous worldwide from Brazil to Israel, down to the local recreational parc, and build a wide and active community .
We will keep you informed every week about our progress, about final development, production, and rewards shipping progress since the communication and transparency are one of our cherised values (we don't want to be in the Wikileaks ;-))
Moreover, feel free to ask any questions and comments or even contact us :-)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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