Skip to the tune of smart data as jump ropes go digital


  • TECH
  • Tuesday, 03 Mar 2015

SKIPTRACKER: Meet Sophia, the skip and jump-counting smart jump rope.

Just when we thought everything had been revamped for the digital age, an Irish team has come up with a skip rope that tracks your skips just like wearable trackers count your steps.

It not only counts, it also measures your jumps, speed and calories burned to help you create workouts based on different fitness goals and the corresponding app that keeps everything on record is available for iOS and Android devices.

The device, whose one-month battery life eliminates the need for constant surveillance, integrates with Apple Health and Google Fit, and enables users to share their results with their friends.

Magnets in the handlebars keep them together when you're not skipping, making the device highly portable and it doubles as a fitness tracker that will count your non-skipping steps.

Called Sophia, a white and purple version of the jump rope can be preordered for US$44.50 (RM161) with delivery expected from May; shipping is available worldwide.

Founders beat their crowd-funding goal of 28,500 euros (RM116,000)  and are likely to enter the production phase in days.

Sophia could be a game changer in the crowded wearables market, for it's not only a wearable, it also works a gym.

A similar smart jump rope from start-up Tangram launched its Kickstarter campaign this week and has achieved over $47,000 (RM191,260) of its $60,000 (RM244,160) goal with 36 days to go.

Smart Rope, as it is called, comes with a corresponding app called Smart Gym and its rounded, pill-shaped, metallic handlebars give it an aesthetic appeal.

These devices call themselves active wearables and could give way to a whole new Quantified Self. — AFP/RelaxNews
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