Connected Jumping

Meet a truly modern jump rope. The Smart Rope counts your jumps and shows them in real-time with a futuristic LED display that appears right before your eyes. It’s a slick, motivating feature. And this connected jump rope gathers even more data as you exercise. With specially designed handles, the rope rotates inside them as you jump. Via a Bluetooth connection to the Smart Gym app, you’ll see all of your fitness stats—like calories burned, time elapsed, and goals reached. The app even lets you connect with friends for extra motivation or to spark a jumping competition. Fitness buffs know that jumping rope burns calories fast and provides all-over toning. The Smart Rope is the first innovation from Tangram Factory, founded by two designers who worked in the tech and fitness industries. They wanted to combine this efficient exercise with a fitness tracker that doesn’t need to be worn. The rope is lightweight and compact, so you can use it in pretty much any space. Pack it in your bag to squeeze in workouts while you travel, too. A simple fitness tool is now a connected piece of exercise equipment that is as engaging as it is effective.

Tangram Factory

Smart Jump Rope

Connected Jumping

Meet a truly modern jump rope. The Smart Rope counts your jumps and shows them in real-time with a futuristic LED display that appears right before your eyes. It’s a slick, motivating feature. And this connected jump rope gathers even more data as you exercise. With specially designed handles, the rope rotates inside them as you jump. Via a Bluetooth connection to the Smart Gym app, you’ll see all of your fitness stats—like calories burned, time elapsed, and goals reached. The app even lets you connect with friends for extra motivation or to spark a jumping competition. Fitness buffs know that jumping rope burns calories fast and provides all-over toning. The Smart Rope is the first innovation from Tangram Factory, founded by two designers who worked in the tech and fitness industries. They wanted to combine this efficient exercise with a fitness tracker that doesn’t need to be worn. The rope is lightweight and compact, so you can use it in pretty much any space. Pack it in your bag to squeeze in workouts while you travel, too. A simple fitness tool is now a connected piece of exercise equipment that is as engaging as it is effective.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Joen
    Joen

    Hello everyone! I'm proud to introduce The Smart Rope to The Grommet. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!

  • Nikki
    Nikki
    1/4/2016 10:48 AM

    Hi Joen!

    Awesome concept you have here! Do you have any information regarding how fast it can accurately count? Is the rope length adjustable? Does it need batteries? How well does the rope holdup against surfaces such as asphalt and concrete (driveways/sidewalks) or is it intended to be used primarily indoors?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/4/2016 11:44 AM

    Hi Nikki, great questions! Smart Rope has magnetic sensors that count as you jump so it is in real time. The rope length is not adjustable, but upon checkout, you can select your height to get a length that works best for you. It does not need batteries, it charges with a standard micro USB charger. It is meant to be used on smooth surfaces so asphalt and concrete would likely be damaging.

  • Kevin
    Kevin
    1/4/2016 11:19 AM

    How durable is it? I don't want to gift it to a beginner if the LEDs are easily by average body weight.

  • Kevin
    Kevin
    1/4/2016 11:25 AM

    That was supposed to be "I don't want to gift it to a beginner if the LEDs are easily CRUSHED by average body weight." Beginning jumpers often catch/jump on/hit their legs with the rope and that is exactly where the LEDs are located on the product. I would think durability would be a top concern for a device like this so any details on that would be appreciated. Are replacement "ropes" available for it?

  • Joen
    Joen – Special Guest
    1/4/2016 11:54 AM

    @Kevin Durability was a key design challenge that we had to overcome to commercialize Smart Rope. The rope had to be light and flexible enough for normal jump rope use, but durable and impact-resistant to protect the LED and FPCB. By actually embedding the entire design into the rope itself, using guide cabling and wiring, and a special polymer structure, we've been able to get Smart Rope to double the strength of traditional jump ropes. We've wear-tested to over 300K repetitions on a variety of hard surfaces, and we have a full 60 day replacement policy. Thanks!

  • J.R.
    J.R.
    1/4/2016 11:19 AM

    Consider giving the rope a feed back message for goal prompting(IE: 1/2 target), competition postings(IE: how your friend is doing right now), Showing different stats than number of rotations like how long, calories burned, time, or incoming call info. There are a number of things you could have it do without a lot of trouble.

  • Joen
    Joen – Special Guest
    1/4/2016 11:50 AM

    @J.R. Absolutely, this will be included in future firmware updates - the basic count modes (jump count, calories burned, workout times, and progress towards intervals) selected via the Smart Gym app will display on Smart Rope. Thanks!

  • Richard
    Richard
    1/4/2016 11:28 AM

    Option: add a Ticker Tape Feed from Times Square!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/4/2016 11:41 AM

    Interesting option, Richard. So you're looking for stock updates while you jump?

  • Joen
    Joen – Special Guest
    1/4/2016 11:48 AM

    @Mike Hi Richard and Mike! The ability does exist to display just about any content that can be displayed across four characters, but we wanted to veer away from feature bloat that isn't core to jumping rope. I think one of our frustrations with existing wearables is that many of them provide us with data that isn't all that useful to the actual workout.

  • Scott
    Scott
    1/4/2016 1:29 PM

    joen - i'm a very avid jumper. i've been using the Buddy Lee Aero Speed Jump Rope for over seven years and jump on average 5 days a week for around 45-60 minutes per day. i go though the buddy lee replacement cord in about 2 years (wear and tear on the rope due to friction on the hardwood floor and/or rubber flooring i jump on) their latest rope does appear better than the one they were using up to 2014, but i'm still seeing the new rope degrade/flatten. i'm wondering if your rope is right for me... would you consider your rope a 'speed' rope? or is it meant more for the entry level jump roper market?

  • Joen
    Joen – Special Guest
    1/4/2016 2:37 PM

    @Scott Great to hear you're an avid jumper! The Smart Rope is more of a recreational jump rope versus a hardcore speed rope (many of which are metal cable). While we have worked with jump rope enthusiasts and the CrossFit community to develop the product, Smart Rope is not specifically designed as a speed rope. Thanks.

  • Patricia
    Patricia
    1/4/2016 1:53 PM

    Joen is the rope available without the smart app. Just as a plain jump rope?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/4/2016 2:34 PM

    Hi Patricia, you can certainly use the Smart Rope as a plain jump rope. The app is free and gives the rope so much more functionality, but not having it does not prohibit you from using the ope.

  • Joen
    Joen – Special Guest
    1/4/2016 2:38 PM

    @Mike Patricia, Mike is right on - Smart Rope will still count and display your jump count on the rope without a smartphone connection. It's just more of a complete experience with Smart Rope paired to Smart Gym. Thanks.

  • dolores
    dolores
    1/4/2016 6:02 PM

    cool idea ! but for $90.00 they should include the soft grips !!!

  • Joen
    Joen – Special Guest
    1/4/2016 6:05 PM

    @dolores Pricing Smart Rope fairly was very important to us, because we really want this to be an accessible product (just like jump rope is an accessible, yet very effective workout). It's also important because Smart Rope is the first of a series of products we're creating to work with our mobile Smart Gym platform. Of course costs and pricing are proprietary business information, but with all the tech that's packaged into Smart Rope (and Smart Gym), it's quite expensive to produce. I can tell you with certainty that compared to the vast majority of consumer electronics out there produced at this level, Smart Rope is priced very fairly. Thanks.

  • snype
    snype
    1/4/2016 7:08 PM

    Looks awesome!

    If the handles fall out of your hands when you accidentally step on the rope, are they ruined? Dented? Or Durable and unscathed?

    Do the soft grips protect the handles from impact like a case for a phone?

    I looked at your website and the video says the light turns green when 80% charged, but what does the light do when fully charged?

    Though the power indicator turns red in the handle letting you know there is less than 20% power remaining, are there any prompts visible on the LED's while jumping?

    If not, can the phone app give you a countdown on power, beyond the 20% so the rope doesn't quit on you in the middle of your workout?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/5/2016 10:08 AM

    Hi Snype, great questions! The handles are made of polycarbonate and are quite durable so there should be no worry about damage if they fall. The soft grips are more to avoid having the handles slip out of your hands if you break a sweat.

    The light remains green when it is fully charged, which takes about two hours. Outside of the red light at 20% there is no other indication about battery life. The best bet would be to charge it at that point so that it doesn't quit during use.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Tangram Factory

Smart Jump Rope

Connected Jumping

Meet a truly modern jump rope. The Smart Rope counts your jumps and shows them in real-time with a futuristic LED display that appears right before your eyes. It’s a slick, motivating feature. And this connected jump rope gathers even more data as you exercise.

With specially designed handles, the rope rotates inside them as you
jump. Via a Bluetooth connection to the Smart Gym app, you’ll see all of your fitness stats—like calories burned, time elapsed, and goals reached. The app even lets you connect with friends for extra motivation or to spark a jumping competition.

Fitness buffs know that jumping rope burns calories fast and provides all-over toning. The Smart Rope is the first innovation from Tangram Factory, founded by two designers who worked in the tech and fitness industries. They wanted to combine this efficient exercise with a fitness tracker that doesn’t need to be worn.

The rope is lightweight and compact, so you can use it in pretty much any space. Pack it in your bag to squeeze in workouts while you travel, too. A simple fitness tool is now a connected piece of exercise equipment that is as engaging as it is effective.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Joen
    Joen

    Hello everyone! I'm proud to introduce The Smart Rope to The Grommet. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!

  • Nikki
    Nikki
    1/4/2016 10:48 AM

    Hi Joen!

    Awesome concept you have here! Do you have any information regarding how fast it can accurately count? Is the rope length adjustable? Does it need batteries? How well does the rope holdup against surfaces such as asphalt and concrete (driveways/sidewalks) or is it intended to be used primarily indoors?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/4/2016 11:44 AM

    Hi Nikki, great questions! Smart Rope has magnetic sensors that count as you jump so it is in real time. The rope length is not adjustable, but upon checkout, you can select your height to get a length that works best for you. It does not need batteries, it charges with a standard micro USB charger. It is meant to be used on smooth surfaces so asphalt and concrete would likely be damaging.

  • Kevin
    Kevin
    1/4/2016 11:19 AM

    How durable is it? I don't want to gift it to a beginner if the LEDs are easily by average body weight.

  • Kevin
    Kevin
    1/4/2016 11:25 AM

    That was supposed to be "I don't want to gift it to a beginner if the LEDs are easily CRUSHED by average body weight." Beginning jumpers often catch/jump on/hit their legs with the rope and that is exactly where the LEDs are located on the product. I would think durability would be a top concern for a device like this so any details on that would be appreciated. Are replacement "ropes" available for it?

  • Joen
    Joen – Special Guest
    1/4/2016 11:54 AM

    @Kevin Durability was a key design challenge that we had to overcome to commercialize Smart Rope. The rope had to be light and flexible enough for normal jump rope use, but durable and impact-resistant to protect the LED and FPCB. By actually embedding the entire design into the rope itself, using guide cabling and wiring, and a special polymer structure, we've been able to get Smart Rope to double the strength of traditional jump ropes. We've wear-tested to over 300K repetitions on a variety of hard surfaces, and we have a full 60 day replacement policy. Thanks!

  • J.R.
    J.R.
    1/4/2016 11:19 AM

    Consider giving the rope a feed back message for goal prompting(IE: 1/2 target), competition postings(IE: how your friend is doing right now), Showing different stats than number of rotations like how long, calories burned, time, or incoming call info. There are a number of things you could have it do without a lot of trouble.

  • Joen
    Joen – Special Guest
    1/4/2016 11:50 AM

    @J.R. Absolutely, this will be included in future firmware updates - the basic count modes (jump count, calories burned, workout times, and progress towards intervals) selected via the Smart Gym app will display on Smart Rope. Thanks!

  • Richard
    Richard
    1/4/2016 11:28 AM

    Option: add a Ticker Tape Feed from Times Square!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/4/2016 11:41 AM

    Interesting option, Richard. So you're looking for stock updates while you jump?

  • Joen
    Joen – Special Guest
    1/4/2016 11:48 AM

    @Mike Hi Richard and Mike! The ability does exist to display just about any content that can be displayed across four characters, but we wanted to veer away from feature bloat that isn't core to jumping rope. I think one of our frustrations with existing wearables is that many of them provide us with data that isn't all that useful to the actual workout.

  • Scott
    Scott
    1/4/2016 1:29 PM

    joen - i'm a very avid jumper. i've been using the Buddy Lee Aero Speed Jump Rope for over seven years and jump on average 5 days a week for around 45-60 minutes per day. i go though the buddy lee replacement cord in about 2 years (wear and tear on the rope due to friction on the hardwood floor and/or rubber flooring i jump on) their latest rope does appear better than the one they were using up to 2014, but i'm still seeing the new rope degrade/flatten. i'm wondering if your rope is right for me... would you consider your rope a 'speed' rope? or is it meant more for the entry level jump roper market?

  • Joen
    Joen – Special Guest
    1/4/2016 2:37 PM

    @Scott Great to hear you're an avid jumper! The Smart Rope is more of a recreational jump rope versus a hardcore speed rope (many of which are metal cable). While we have worked with jump rope enthusiasts and the CrossFit community to develop the product, Smart Rope is not specifically designed as a speed rope. Thanks.

  • Patricia
    Patricia
    1/4/2016 1:53 PM

    Joen is the rope available without the smart app. Just as a plain jump rope?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/4/2016 2:34 PM

    Hi Patricia, you can certainly use the Smart Rope as a plain jump rope. The app is free and gives the rope so much more functionality, but not having it does not prohibit you from using the ope.

  • Joen
    Joen – Special Guest
    1/4/2016 2:38 PM

    @Mike Patricia, Mike is right on - Smart Rope will still count and display your jump count on the rope without a smartphone connection. It's just more of a complete experience with Smart Rope paired to Smart Gym. Thanks.

  • dolores
    dolores
    1/4/2016 6:02 PM

    cool idea ! but for $90.00 they should include the soft grips !!!

  • Joen
    Joen – Special Guest
    1/4/2016 6:05 PM

    @dolores Pricing Smart Rope fairly was very important to us, because we really want this to be an accessible product (just like jump rope is an accessible, yet very effective workout). It's also important because Smart Rope is the first of a series of products we're creating to work with our mobile Smart Gym platform. Of course costs and pricing are proprietary business information, but with all the tech that's packaged into Smart Rope (and Smart Gym), it's quite expensive to produce. I can tell you with certainty that compared to the vast majority of consumer electronics out there produced at this level, Smart Rope is priced very fairly. Thanks.

  • snype
    snype
    1/4/2016 7:08 PM

    Looks awesome!

    If the handles fall out of your hands when you accidentally step on the rope, are they ruined? Dented? Or Durable and unscathed?

    Do the soft grips protect the handles from impact like a case for a phone?

    I looked at your website and the video says the light turns green when 80% charged, but what does the light do when fully charged?

    Though the power indicator turns red in the handle letting you know there is less than 20% power remaining, are there any prompts visible on the LED's while jumping?

    If not, can the phone app give you a countdown on power, beyond the 20% so the rope doesn't quit on you in the middle of your workout?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/5/2016 10:08 AM

    Hi Snype, great questions! The handles are made of polycarbonate and are quite durable so there should be no worry about damage if they fall. The soft grips are more to avoid having the handles slip out of your hands if you break a sweat.

    The light remains green when it is fully charged, which takes about two hours. Outside of the red light at 20% there is no other indication about battery life. The best bet would be to charge it at that point so that it doesn't quit during use.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.