At-Work Exercise

Many of us are in a sitting rut at work, which we know isn’t a good thing. Cubii is an under desk elliptical machine that helps you stay moving, even when you’re seated. The design is minimal and lightweight. Unlike a standing desk, Cubii weighs only about 25 pounds and has a low profile that fits easily under a desk—no bumping your knees while pedaling. It’s quiet, too. The noise it makes is similar to white background noise, so it won’t interfere with phone calls or conversations. You can adjust the resistance to suit your fitness level. And Cubii has a companion app to track your progress, check on calories burned, and sync your steps with fitness trackers like FitBit. Cubii can help burn a few extra calories and keep you moving throughout the day.

Cubii

Under Desk Elliptical

At-Work Exercise

Many of us are in a sitting rut at work, which we know isn’t a good thing. Cubii is an under desk elliptical machine that helps you stay moving, even when you’re seated. The design is minimal and lightweight. Unlike a standing desk, Cubii weighs only about 25 pounds and has a low profile that fits easily under a desk—no bumping your knees while pedaling. It’s quiet, too. The noise it makes is similar to white background noise, so it won’t interfere with phone calls or conversations. You can adjust the resistance to suit your fitness level. And Cubii has a companion app to track your progress, check on calories burned, and sync your steps with fitness trackers like FitBit. Cubii can help burn a few extra calories and keep you moving throughout the day.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Shivani
    Shivani

    Hey! We're excited to share with The Grommet community our solution to getting active while being at your desk—Cubii!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/19/2016 2:18 PM

    Standing desks came in and started to make feel self-conscious about sitting,is Cubii coming in to make whoever uses either of those feel guilty?

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/19/2016 2:21 PM

    When we built Cubii, we wanted it to be something that is truly accessible to everyone as a discrete form of exercise. Recent research studies have shown prolonged hours of sitting sedentary or standing sedentary for majority of the day are not good for health. Cubii aims at keeping you on the move and keeping your heart rate up, so you can be active throughout the day.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/19/2016 2:22 PM

    What was the toughest part about bringing it to life?

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/19/2016 2:22 PM

    All three of us co-founders did not have any background in design, engineering, or manufacturing and this was the first time we were starting a venture of our own. While our successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter helped us validate the idea and got us a lot of support from our first backers, we still had to turn the idea into a reality. Over the course of a year that was full of speed bumps, disappointments, and countless learnings, Cubii became a reality. Needless to say, it’s been a roller-coaster ride, but it’s heartening to hear from users who have been using their Cubiis and see it make a difference in their lives.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/19/2016 2:22 PM

    Why is this the next solution for the workplace and have you heard feedback from offices who have used it?

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/19/2016 2:27 PM

    Workplace wellness has turned from a fancy phrase to a necessity in the modern workplace. There has been increased awareness around the importance of staying active all day and offices are increasingly adopting healthy practices such as healthy meals, ergonomic chairs, treadmill desks, Fitbits, and now Cubiis. With Cubii, we envisioned making it a seamless integration into the existing office infrastructure. It doesn’t require permissions for a change in furniture or present a situation when you are standing while your co-workers are all sitting down –it is affordable, discreet, compact, and connected. With many workplaces getting Fitbits, other fitness trackers and health apps for their employees, Cubii adds to the competitive spirit and lets users get that additional credit to meet their goals for the day.

    We have about 2,500 users currently using the Cubii in a variety of settings and for many purposes – from using it in the office while working to using it at home while watching television or playing videos! People not only love the fact that it makes them feel more active, but also that it further motivates them to make healthier decisions in their lives.

  • Lisa
    Lisa
    2/22/2016 10:27 AM

    I love my Cubii, which I bought directly from you. It's a great way to move during long conference calls. I'm excited to see you on the Grommet. When will I be able to connect my cubii to my fitbit?

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/22/2016 10:58 AM

    @Lisa Thank you for your kind words! So glad to hear you're enjoying your Cubii. We're currently working on the integration with Fitbit and it will be launching by June/July 2016 :)

  • Fran
    Fran
    2/22/2016 10:46 AM

    I have very bad knees and am disabled. Would this help me in a cardio way to build up my strength?

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/22/2016 11:01 AM

    @Fran Thank you for reaching out. I would encourage having a discussion with your doctor to see if Cubii would be a good fit. That said, we do have customers who have problems in their knees and use Cubii as it provides moderate level of exercise that is light on the knees.

  • Anna
    Anna
    2/22/2016 11:02 AM

    Hi - another knee question. I've had a couple of knee surgeries but can still use an elliptical and stationary bike mostly without issue. How does this compare?

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/22/2016 11:06 AM

    @Anna Cubii has very low impact on your knees so if you're able to use a regular elliptical or stationary bike easily, you should have no problem with Cubii!

  • Maura
    Maura
    2/22/2016 11:04 AM

    Does your wheeled desk chair move when you are peddling?

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/22/2016 11:07 AM

    @Maura We provide 2 wheel stoppers with your Cubii purchase to prevent your chair from moving.

  • Betty
    Betty
    2/22/2016 11:09 AM

    Can Cubii be used standing up?

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/22/2016 11:11 AM

    @Betty No, Cubii can only be used while sitting. We've optimized foot angles for use while sitting to ensure the right posture

  • David
    David
    2/22/2016 11:12 AM

    Might the next generation Cubii be able to power a laptop or re-charge a cell phone?

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/22/2016 11:14 AM

    @David Powering a laptop might be hard as that requires a lot of energy! Introducing a generator to power a device introduces some other complications such as noise from the motor. With Cubii, we've paid a lot of attention to noise and to ensure it is quiet!

  • Anthony
    Anthony
    2/22/2016 11:13 AM

    Any plans to add electricity generating capability? Lots of people would peddle more to charge their phone or tablet.

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/22/2016 11:20 AM

    @Anthony

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/22/2016 11:20 AM

    @Anthony Please refer to the comment above!

  • Bradford Guy
    Bradford Guy
    2/22/2016 4:06 PM

    @Shivani Seems that generating just enough energy to slowly charge say, a external battery, for USB devices would not be too complicated or require a normally noisy generator, since the power needed would be so small. I think it would be an awesome addition or option for your product in the future. But then...I am not an electrical engineer. Love your current product.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/22/2016 5:29 PM

    Hi Bradford Guy, I'm sure if they can make it work without compromising some of the design elements they found very important, they will. And if they do, believe you me, we'll be sure to let you know about that update!

  • Karen
    Karen
    2/22/2016 11:14 AM

    I have used a similar product, and my few comments of suggestion are:

    1-For purchaser, make sure that your desk is high enough so that your knees don't hit (mine did, on a similar but not the exact same, product).

    2-Designer, put on the packaging a minimal desk space height so that knees might not bump (of course, it all depends on how tall a person is).

    3-Designer, provide an optional strap to strap the Cubii to the chair. Most office chairs have wheels on them, and again, when I used a similar product, I kept sliding backwards and ended up having to always grab the desk to pull myself back, especially as I increased the tension. Some how this needs to be avoided (sliding back) as most of the times we, working at the desk, need to be close up to it.

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/22/2016 11:19 AM

    @Karen You've raised some great points, and Cubii really stands out from other similar products for the reasons you've mentioned:

    1. Cubii foot angles are optimized so your knees do not hit the desk.It is specifically designed for use in the office, so we've given a lot of attention to this point.

    2. All you need is 2-3 inches of clearance between your knees and your desk to use Cubii

    3. Great point. We include 2 wheel stoppers with Cubii to prevent your office chair from moving.

    You've raised some great points, and these are exactly the reasons why Cubii is different from other products out there.

  • Kathleen
    Kathleen
    2/22/2016 11:52 AM

    @Shivani

    Regarding #2, how far must the bottom of the desk be from the floor to provide clearance for someone who is 5'4"? 5'8"? 6'? I think this is the question being asked.

  • Janalea
    Janalea
    2/22/2016 12:51 PM

    @Kathleen I think she is saying it doesn't matter how tall you are, how long your legs are, your desk, your chair height... Too many variables. So she keeps it simple by saying if you sit at your desk right now & you have 2-3 inches clearance between where your knees sit & your desktop (which is very little), then you have enough clearance to use Cubii.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/22/2016 1:44 PM

    You nailed it, Janalea!

  • Susan
    Susan
    2/22/2016 6:52 PM

    @Mike I am 4' 101/2" tall and have an ergonomic keyboard that's only 21" off the floor. I have the required 2 1/2" clearance for my knees, but since my desk is lower than probably anyone else's, I need confirmation this will work. Will it work under a desk 21" off the floor (measured to underside of desk) that has 2 1/2" clearance for knees? Thanks. Susan

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/23/2016 11:19 AM

    Hi Susan, you should be able to use Cubii with your desk you just might have to sit back and put your knees at an angle so they don't knock against the bottom of the desk.

  • Amy
    Amy
    2/22/2016 11:48 AM

    have there been any studies to document whether the Cubii provides similar benefits to a treadmill or elliptical? Does it only build up your calf /thigh muscles or are there cardio benefits and if so, at what pace do you need to use before it actually improves your fitness level?

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/22/2016 11:57 AM

    @Amy That's a great question. Yes, there are some studies out there that show the benefits of moderate exercise throughout the day similar to the exercise provided by compact bikes or pedalers. There isn't study that directly compares treadmill desks or an elliptical to Cubii. Cubii helps strengthening your calf, thigh muscles, your core, as well as keeping your blood circulation healthy by raising your heart level to about the same as when you are walking.

    Every user experiences Cubii differently - the improvement you see depends on the resistance level you use Cubii at, the length of time you use it in a day, coupled with how it motivates you to make other healthy decisions in your life.

  • Curtis
    Curtis
    2/22/2016 11:54 AM

    Realistically how many calories might one burn using this in an hour?

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/22/2016 11:59 AM

    @Curtis The calories you burn in an hour will range between 100 - 150 calories depending on the resistance level and the rotations per minute (RPM).

  • S
    S
    2/22/2016 12:17 PM

    Two questions--one, I'm kind of a heels fiend; can I still use this while wearing them? And two, I have ADHD so this would be great for my needed constant motion; however the price is way out of my budget. Do you think the cost will ever come down?

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/22/2016 12:22 PM

    @S I wear wedges to work, too and have been using Cubii comfortably using them! The experience does vary depending on the kind of heel you wear. I would suggest trying it out and seeing how you feel. Unfortunately, we don't anticipate the cost of Cubii coming down.

  • Caryn
    Caryn
    2/22/2016 12:36 PM

    Why is it so expensive?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/22/2016 1:35 PM

    Hi Caryn, the price is a reflection of brand new innovation in the office. It's lightweight, quiet, and in a few months will be able to connect to FitBit so you can track your fitness progress.

  • Janalea
    Janalea
    2/22/2016 1:36 PM

    @Caryn I think it's set at an extremely reasonable/fair price for what it is... Even a high quality rebounder which has zero mechanics can run upwards of $300. It costs me $60 to get my dog washed.. A couple cocktails & a meal easily $35 or more, most of us have phones & tv's that are worth more than the average human on the planet makes in a year.. I just quit a $300+ per month cigarette & coffee habit..

    My point is, value & expense is all relative. If they made a quality exercise machine (& if it's on Grommet I have a degree of trust in its quality already), took extra care in engineering an ergonomic, quiet machine that's built to last, $350 (or $300 if you buy more than one) is quite inexpensive for what it is. It's an investment in health. If you used this for 6 months out of a year, it would cost less than $2/day. And I would plan on using it more, personally. I work from home, don't really use a desk much. But I'm thinking of getting it for when I'm watching too much tv, as well as one for my mom who's pretty disabled from decades of being sedentary- this seems low impact & doable.

  • Janalea
    Janalea
    2/22/2016 1:41 PM

    @Caryn And I forgot about the upcoming connectivity! That means they already have some built in technology for Bluetooth, etc. This is more than just some bike pedals on a chain.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/22/2016 1:44 PM

    You blew my answer out of the water, Janalea. You are dead on. Thanks for the comments!

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/22/2016 1:56 PM

    Thank you so much for your comments, Janalea! Your responses were bang on.

  • Janalea
    Janalea
    2/22/2016 2:03 PM

    @Mike haha, thanks! I'm glad it's appreciated by somebody :)

    There are so many things that are actually way overpriced- costs pennies to make & we pay $10 at the grocery store for. I just spent more than this on a 2 night stay at a just 'ok' hotel in the city.. I've always been more entrepreneurial minded & have known a lot of innovators- we need more of them in this country, in this world. And I know how much blood, sweat, & money goes into bringing something to market- & how especially brave people are who choose to do this for the first time. So I tried to just add a different perspective, I know I can sound like I'm on a soapbox sometimes.. Not my intent!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/22/2016 2:49 PM

    Janalea, this is music to our ears. Thank you!

  • nancy
    nancy
    2/22/2016 1:05 PM

    Can you use it in any chair like an ekornes recliner?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/22/2016 1:38 PM

    Hi Nancy, it will work with any chair that puts you in an upright position.

  • Susan
    Susan
    2/22/2016 1:31 PM

    I love this also but I have the same question; it is quite expensive...

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/22/2016 1:43 PM

    Hi Susan, as I said and Janalea expounded on, the design is lightweight, it's not disruptive, and it will soon connect to Fitbit,Jawbone, and Apple Fitness. Purchasing Cubii is a longterm health investment. It's great in the office where many spend most of their week, but it can also be used at home. It's a product you can get constant use from. So yes, it won't be in everyone's price range and we understand that, but it certainly earns its value.

  • Patty
    Patty
    2/22/2016 1:44 PM

    This would be a great tool to use with kids in school who are hyper active! Way better than the drugs they prescribe!

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/22/2016 1:57 PM

    @Patty It's interesting that you mention this, Patty. We are actually working with a few schools you are trying it out for kids in the classroom!

  • Janalea
    Janalea
    2/22/2016 2:15 PM

    @Shivani that is a GREAT idea!! I have some friends who teach special ed & this seems spot on, though they'd have to find a way to get the school to invest. Channeling that energy probably would help them focus.. I also was wondering (I have zero knowledge of how it works) about if you've looked into the possibility of getting approved in some way as a device for either of the 2 ideas above such that it could be something Medicare or the like could help pay for- rehab, limited mobility patients, etc. But honestly the school application seems way more exciting!

  • Sue
    Sue
    2/22/2016 3:38 PM

    @Janalea

  • Sue
    Sue
    2/22/2016 3:39 PM

    @Sue I just watched a video where they are using swinging bars under kids' desks to keep them moving all day and to help them focus. It is apparently working very well. This seems as if it would be another great way to accomplish this.

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/22/2016 3:46 PM

    @Sue @Janalea I completely agree! We're excited about our current pilots with schools.

    @Janalea Thanks for the idea on having Medicare or the like pay for rehab - it is something we are currently looking into.

  • Janalea
    Janalea
    2/22/2016 1:47 PM

    I love innovative new products, but I also understand that sometimes there are kinks in manufacturing something new, etc. Do you offer any kind of warranty or guarantee against defect- if something inside the mechanism were to break in say 6 months or a year..? Thank you :)

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/22/2016 1:58 PM

    @Janalea Yes, we offer a 6 month warranty over any issues or defects in the product. If anything were to break, we typically just replace the product with a new one.

  • Jim
    Jim
    2/22/2016 3:07 PM

    This costs twice what a FitDesk Under Desk Elliptical costs on Amazon. When Grommet promotes one vendor of a common product as if it were a novel invention, it greatly reduces their credibility.

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/22/2016 3:41 PM

    @Jim Please allow me to explain a bit more on the key differences between Cubii and some of the other bikes and pedal devices in the market:

    - Elliptical vs. Bike: All the other pedal machines in the market tend to mimic the motion of a bike versus the elliptical motion of Cubii. The range of motion with a bike is typically a lot higher than an elliptical. Due to this there is more pressure put on the knees; the knees also tend to hit the underside of the desk when in use. In addition, the motion doesn't become as unconscious as Cubii. We have designed Cubii specifically to be used while sitting (not standing) and all angles are optimized to ensure an ergonomic posture when in use.

    - Smart/Connected: Cubii is connected via Bluetooth to our mobile app that allows users to track, share, set goals, and compete. We will also be launching integrations with Fitbit, Apple Healthkit, and UA Record at the end of Q2 (June 2016). With an increasing movement towards connected health and tracking your exercise, we provide users with an actual source of exercise while letting them stay plugged into the connected fitness ecosystem.

    - Design and Experience: Our mantra is good design. We did not want to design a product that looks like poor quality product sitting in your office or home. Hence, we laid a lot of emphasis on designing a compact and beautifully designed product that fits with the interiors of your space. For us, it's not just about a good product, but the entire experience that comes with it that helps keep people motivated to stay active.

    Hope this helps!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/22/2016 4:03 PM

    Jim, I think it is a stretch to call an under desk elliptical "common." In fact, I think it would be a stretch to call any of our products common as it downplays the creations of our Makers. Are there other iterations? Sure. And of course not every Grommet will be for everyone. That's probably for the best as your house would be drowning in them.

    Grommets, as they always have, contain a foundation of innovation that sets them apart from others on store shelves. They are also made by small-scale Makers we want to give a fair chance in a tough marketplace. We don't slash prices, we don't do mass deals because far too often those practices destroy Makers.

    While we helped launch FitBit early on, using them as an example given their current state kind of makes my point. Yes, you can find the product of a big brand at a cheaper price from a large online retailer, I won't deny that. But by purchasing at The Grommet, not only are you buying an innovative product, but perhaps more importantly, you're supporting, not hurting, the Maker's business.

    Thank you, Shivani, for beautifully describing the key differences. That is very helpful for anyone wondering how Cubii sets itself apart.

  • Debbie
    Debbie
    2/22/2016 4:09 PM

    I watched the video and wanted one right away, my question is that I use a walker and sit a lot, would this put pressure on my knees, or would it be a good way to get more movement for myself?

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/22/2016 4:29 PM

    @Debbie Hi Debbie, I would encourage having a discussion with your doctor to see if Cubii would be a good fit. That said, we do have many customers who have problems in their knees and use Cubii as it provides moderate level of exercise that is light on the knees.

    Cubii is a good way to raise your heart level to about the same as when you are walking and keep your blood circulation healthy. Hope this helps!

  • Paul
    Paul
    2/22/2016 4:28 PM

    Can you give more specifics about the amount and type of exercise Cubii gives you and aren't you still sitting?

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/22/2016 4:36 PM

    @Paul Hi Paul, in terms of specifics, Cubii lets you burn between 100-150 calories per hour depending on the resistance level you are using it at as well as the rotations per minute (RPM). It comes with 8 levels of resistance, and our current users have reported that they need to crank down the resistance to 1 or 2 as the higher levels provide rigorous workout they find themselves breaking a sweat.

    While you are sitting when using the Cubii, you are still moving. The issue with sitting is only when you are sitting sedentary. Cubii helps raise your heart level to about the same as when you are walking. Hence, it helps keep your blood circulation and the heart healthy.

    Recent research studies show that moderate levels of exercise throughout the day are critical even if you go to the gym or take 30-60 mins out for daily exercise. Cubii helps provide a source for that while you go about your daily routines!

  • Donna
    Donna
    2/22/2016 6:21 PM

    I watched the video and see a lot of ankle motion. I have had my ankle replaced and don't know if this would be a good fit for me. What is your return policy if I find I cannot use it?

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/22/2016 7:33 PM

    @Donna We offer a 30- day return policy. We hope it works out for you!

  • Deborah
    Deborah
    2/22/2016 8:12 PM

    Do you have to put it together or does it come put together? Also, is it battery operated?

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/22/2016 8:40 PM

    @Deborah All you have to do is screw in the 2 pedals! We provide you with a screw driver, so you dont have to worry about any tools. The bluetooth feature of Cubii is operated via a rechargeable battery. We provide you with a adaptor and charging cable as well.

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

 

Cubii

Under Desk Elliptical

At-Work Exercise

Many of us are in a sitting rut at work, which we know isn’t a good thing. Cubii is an under desk elliptical machine that helps you stay moving, even when you’re seated.

The design is minimal and lightweight. Unlike a standing desk, Cubii weighs only about 25 pounds and has a low profile that fits easily under a desk—no bumping
your knees while pedaling.

It’s quiet, too. The noise it makes is similar to white background noise, so it won’t interfere with phone calls or conversations. You can adjust the resistance to suit your fitness level. And Cubii has a companion app to track your progress, check on calories burned, and sync your steps with fitness trackers like FitBit.

Cubii can help burn a few extra calories and keep you moving throughout the day.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Shivani
    Shivani

    Hey! We're excited to share with The Grommet community our solution to getting active while being at your desk—Cubii!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/19/2016 2:18 PM

    Standing desks came in and started to make feel self-conscious about sitting,is Cubii coming in to make whoever uses either of those feel guilty?

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/19/2016 2:21 PM

    When we built Cubii, we wanted it to be something that is truly accessible to everyone as a discrete form of exercise. Recent research studies have shown prolonged hours of sitting sedentary or standing sedentary for majority of the day are not good for health. Cubii aims at keeping you on the move and keeping your heart rate up, so you can be active throughout the day.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/19/2016 2:22 PM

    What was the toughest part about bringing it to life?

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/19/2016 2:22 PM

    All three of us co-founders did not have any background in design, engineering, or manufacturing and this was the first time we were starting a venture of our own. While our successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter helped us validate the idea and got us a lot of support from our first backers, we still had to turn the idea into a reality. Over the course of a year that was full of speed bumps, disappointments, and countless learnings, Cubii became a reality. Needless to say, it’s been a roller-coaster ride, but it’s heartening to hear from users who have been using their Cubiis and see it make a difference in their lives.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/19/2016 2:22 PM

    Why is this the next solution for the workplace and have you heard feedback from offices who have used it?

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/19/2016 2:27 PM

    Workplace wellness has turned from a fancy phrase to a necessity in the modern workplace. There has been increased awareness around the importance of staying active all day and offices are increasingly adopting healthy practices such as healthy meals, ergonomic chairs, treadmill desks, Fitbits, and now Cubiis. With Cubii, we envisioned making it a seamless integration into the existing office infrastructure. It doesn’t require permissions for a change in furniture or present a situation when you are standing while your co-workers are all sitting down –it is affordable, discreet, compact, and connected. With many workplaces getting Fitbits, other fitness trackers and health apps for their employees, Cubii adds to the competitive spirit and lets users get that additional credit to meet their goals for the day.

    We have about 2,500 users currently using the Cubii in a variety of settings and for many purposes – from using it in the office while working to using it at home while watching television or playing videos! People not only love the fact that it makes them feel more active, but also that it further motivates them to make healthier decisions in their lives.

  • Lisa
    Lisa
    2/22/2016 10:27 AM

    I love my Cubii, which I bought directly from you. It's a great way to move during long conference calls. I'm excited to see you on the Grommet. When will I be able to connect my cubii to my fitbit?

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/22/2016 10:58 AM

    @Lisa Thank you for your kind words! So glad to hear you're enjoying your Cubii. We're currently working on the integration with Fitbit and it will be launching by June/July 2016 :)

  • Fran
    Fran
    2/22/2016 10:46 AM

    I have very bad knees and am disabled. Would this help me in a cardio way to build up my strength?

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/22/2016 11:01 AM

    @Fran Thank you for reaching out. I would encourage having a discussion with your doctor to see if Cubii would be a good fit. That said, we do have customers who have problems in their knees and use Cubii as it provides moderate level of exercise that is light on the knees.

  • Anna
    Anna
    2/22/2016 11:02 AM

    Hi - another knee question. I've had a couple of knee surgeries but can still use an elliptical and stationary bike mostly without issue. How does this compare?

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/22/2016 11:06 AM

    @Anna Cubii has very low impact on your knees so if you're able to use a regular elliptical or stationary bike easily, you should have no problem with Cubii!

  • Maura
    Maura
    2/22/2016 11:04 AM

    Does your wheeled desk chair move when you are peddling?

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/22/2016 11:07 AM

    @Maura We provide 2 wheel stoppers with your Cubii purchase to prevent your chair from moving.

  • Betty
    Betty
    2/22/2016 11:09 AM

    Can Cubii be used standing up?

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/22/2016 11:11 AM

    @Betty No, Cubii can only be used while sitting. We've optimized foot angles for use while sitting to ensure the right posture

  • David
    David
    2/22/2016 11:12 AM

    Might the next generation Cubii be able to power a laptop or re-charge a cell phone?

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/22/2016 11:14 AM

    @David Powering a laptop might be hard as that requires a lot of energy! Introducing a generator to power a device introduces some other complications such as noise from the motor. With Cubii, we've paid a lot of attention to noise and to ensure it is quiet!

  • Anthony
    Anthony
    2/22/2016 11:13 AM

    Any plans to add electricity generating capability? Lots of people would peddle more to charge their phone or tablet.

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/22/2016 11:20 AM

    @Anthony

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/22/2016 11:20 AM

    @Anthony Please refer to the comment above!

  • Bradford Guy
    Bradford Guy
    2/22/2016 4:06 PM

    @Shivani Seems that generating just enough energy to slowly charge say, a external battery, for USB devices would not be too complicated or require a normally noisy generator, since the power needed would be so small. I think it would be an awesome addition or option for your product in the future. But then...I am not an electrical engineer. Love your current product.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/22/2016 5:29 PM

    Hi Bradford Guy, I'm sure if they can make it work without compromising some of the design elements they found very important, they will. And if they do, believe you me, we'll be sure to let you know about that update!

  • Karen
    Karen
    2/22/2016 11:14 AM

    I have used a similar product, and my few comments of suggestion are:

    1-For purchaser, make sure that your desk is high enough so that your knees don't hit (mine did, on a similar but not the exact same, product).

    2-Designer, put on the packaging a minimal desk space height so that knees might not bump (of course, it all depends on how tall a person is).

    3-Designer, provide an optional strap to strap the Cubii to the chair. Most office chairs have wheels on them, and again, when I used a similar product, I kept sliding backwards and ended up having to always grab the desk to pull myself back, especially as I increased the tension. Some how this needs to be avoided (sliding back) as most of the times we, working at the desk, need to be close up to it.

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/22/2016 11:19 AM

    @Karen You've raised some great points, and Cubii really stands out from other similar products for the reasons you've mentioned:

    1. Cubii foot angles are optimized so your knees do not hit the desk.It is specifically designed for use in the office, so we've given a lot of attention to this point.

    2. All you need is 2-3 inches of clearance between your knees and your desk to use Cubii

    3. Great point. We include 2 wheel stoppers with Cubii to prevent your office chair from moving.

    You've raised some great points, and these are exactly the reasons why Cubii is different from other products out there.

  • Kathleen
    Kathleen
    2/22/2016 11:52 AM

    @Shivani

    Regarding #2, how far must the bottom of the desk be from the floor to provide clearance for someone who is 5'4"? 5'8"? 6'? I think this is the question being asked.

  • Janalea
    Janalea
    2/22/2016 12:51 PM

    @Kathleen I think she is saying it doesn't matter how tall you are, how long your legs are, your desk, your chair height... Too many variables. So she keeps it simple by saying if you sit at your desk right now & you have 2-3 inches clearance between where your knees sit & your desktop (which is very little), then you have enough clearance to use Cubii.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/22/2016 1:44 PM

    You nailed it, Janalea!

  • Susan
    Susan
    2/22/2016 6:52 PM

    @Mike I am 4' 101/2" tall and have an ergonomic keyboard that's only 21" off the floor. I have the required 2 1/2" clearance for my knees, but since my desk is lower than probably anyone else's, I need confirmation this will work. Will it work under a desk 21" off the floor (measured to underside of desk) that has 2 1/2" clearance for knees? Thanks. Susan

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/23/2016 11:19 AM

    Hi Susan, you should be able to use Cubii with your desk you just might have to sit back and put your knees at an angle so they don't knock against the bottom of the desk.

  • Amy
    Amy
    2/22/2016 11:48 AM

    have there been any studies to document whether the Cubii provides similar benefits to a treadmill or elliptical? Does it only build up your calf /thigh muscles or are there cardio benefits and if so, at what pace do you need to use before it actually improves your fitness level?

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/22/2016 11:57 AM

    @Amy That's a great question. Yes, there are some studies out there that show the benefits of moderate exercise throughout the day similar to the exercise provided by compact bikes or pedalers. There isn't study that directly compares treadmill desks or an elliptical to Cubii. Cubii helps strengthening your calf, thigh muscles, your core, as well as keeping your blood circulation healthy by raising your heart level to about the same as when you are walking.

    Every user experiences Cubii differently - the improvement you see depends on the resistance level you use Cubii at, the length of time you use it in a day, coupled with how it motivates you to make other healthy decisions in your life.

  • Curtis
    Curtis
    2/22/2016 11:54 AM

    Realistically how many calories might one burn using this in an hour?

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/22/2016 11:59 AM

    @Curtis The calories you burn in an hour will range between 100 - 150 calories depending on the resistance level and the rotations per minute (RPM).

  • S
    S
    2/22/2016 12:17 PM

    Two questions--one, I'm kind of a heels fiend; can I still use this while wearing them? And two, I have ADHD so this would be great for my needed constant motion; however the price is way out of my budget. Do you think the cost will ever come down?

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/22/2016 12:22 PM

    @S I wear wedges to work, too and have been using Cubii comfortably using them! The experience does vary depending on the kind of heel you wear. I would suggest trying it out and seeing how you feel. Unfortunately, we don't anticipate the cost of Cubii coming down.

  • Caryn
    Caryn
    2/22/2016 12:36 PM

    Why is it so expensive?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/22/2016 1:35 PM

    Hi Caryn, the price is a reflection of brand new innovation in the office. It's lightweight, quiet, and in a few months will be able to connect to FitBit so you can track your fitness progress.

  • Janalea
    Janalea
    2/22/2016 1:36 PM

    @Caryn I think it's set at an extremely reasonable/fair price for what it is... Even a high quality rebounder which has zero mechanics can run upwards of $300. It costs me $60 to get my dog washed.. A couple cocktails & a meal easily $35 or more, most of us have phones & tv's that are worth more than the average human on the planet makes in a year.. I just quit a $300+ per month cigarette & coffee habit..

    My point is, value & expense is all relative. If they made a quality exercise machine (& if it's on Grommet I have a degree of trust in its quality already), took extra care in engineering an ergonomic, quiet machine that's built to last, $350 (or $300 if you buy more than one) is quite inexpensive for what it is. It's an investment in health. If you used this for 6 months out of a year, it would cost less than $2/day. And I would plan on using it more, personally. I work from home, don't really use a desk much. But I'm thinking of getting it for when I'm watching too much tv, as well as one for my mom who's pretty disabled from decades of being sedentary- this seems low impact & doable.

  • Janalea
    Janalea
    2/22/2016 1:41 PM

    @Caryn And I forgot about the upcoming connectivity! That means they already have some built in technology for Bluetooth, etc. This is more than just some bike pedals on a chain.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/22/2016 1:44 PM

    You blew my answer out of the water, Janalea. You are dead on. Thanks for the comments!

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/22/2016 1:56 PM

    Thank you so much for your comments, Janalea! Your responses were bang on.

  • Janalea
    Janalea
    2/22/2016 2:03 PM

    @Mike haha, thanks! I'm glad it's appreciated by somebody :)

    There are so many things that are actually way overpriced- costs pennies to make & we pay $10 at the grocery store for. I just spent more than this on a 2 night stay at a just 'ok' hotel in the city.. I've always been more entrepreneurial minded & have known a lot of innovators- we need more of them in this country, in this world. And I know how much blood, sweat, & money goes into bringing something to market- & how especially brave people are who choose to do this for the first time. So I tried to just add a different perspective, I know I can sound like I'm on a soapbox sometimes.. Not my intent!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/22/2016 2:49 PM

    Janalea, this is music to our ears. Thank you!

  • nancy
    nancy
    2/22/2016 1:05 PM

    Can you use it in any chair like an ekornes recliner?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/22/2016 1:38 PM

    Hi Nancy, it will work with any chair that puts you in an upright position.

  • Susan
    Susan
    2/22/2016 1:31 PM

    I love this also but I have the same question; it is quite expensive...

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/22/2016 1:43 PM

    Hi Susan, as I said and Janalea expounded on, the design is lightweight, it's not disruptive, and it will soon connect to Fitbit,Jawbone, and Apple Fitness. Purchasing Cubii is a longterm health investment. It's great in the office where many spend most of their week, but it can also be used at home. It's a product you can get constant use from. So yes, it won't be in everyone's price range and we understand that, but it certainly earns its value.

  • Patty
    Patty
    2/22/2016 1:44 PM

    This would be a great tool to use with kids in school who are hyper active! Way better than the drugs they prescribe!

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/22/2016 1:57 PM

    @Patty It's interesting that you mention this, Patty. We are actually working with a few schools you are trying it out for kids in the classroom!

  • Janalea
    Janalea
    2/22/2016 2:15 PM

    @Shivani that is a GREAT idea!! I have some friends who teach special ed & this seems spot on, though they'd have to find a way to get the school to invest. Channeling that energy probably would help them focus.. I also was wondering (I have zero knowledge of how it works) about if you've looked into the possibility of getting approved in some way as a device for either of the 2 ideas above such that it could be something Medicare or the like could help pay for- rehab, limited mobility patients, etc. But honestly the school application seems way more exciting!

  • Sue
    Sue
    2/22/2016 3:38 PM

    @Janalea

  • Sue
    Sue
    2/22/2016 3:39 PM

    @Sue I just watched a video where they are using swinging bars under kids' desks to keep them moving all day and to help them focus. It is apparently working very well. This seems as if it would be another great way to accomplish this.

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/22/2016 3:46 PM

    @Sue @Janalea I completely agree! We're excited about our current pilots with schools.

    @Janalea Thanks for the idea on having Medicare or the like pay for rehab - it is something we are currently looking into.

  • Janalea
    Janalea
    2/22/2016 1:47 PM

    I love innovative new products, but I also understand that sometimes there are kinks in manufacturing something new, etc. Do you offer any kind of warranty or guarantee against defect- if something inside the mechanism were to break in say 6 months or a year..? Thank you :)

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/22/2016 1:58 PM

    @Janalea Yes, we offer a 6 month warranty over any issues or defects in the product. If anything were to break, we typically just replace the product with a new one.

  • Jim
    Jim
    2/22/2016 3:07 PM

    This costs twice what a FitDesk Under Desk Elliptical costs on Amazon. When Grommet promotes one vendor of a common product as if it were a novel invention, it greatly reduces their credibility.

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/22/2016 3:41 PM

    @Jim Please allow me to explain a bit more on the key differences between Cubii and some of the other bikes and pedal devices in the market:

    - Elliptical vs. Bike: All the other pedal machines in the market tend to mimic the motion of a bike versus the elliptical motion of Cubii. The range of motion with a bike is typically a lot higher than an elliptical. Due to this there is more pressure put on the knees; the knees also tend to hit the underside of the desk when in use. In addition, the motion doesn't become as unconscious as Cubii. We have designed Cubii specifically to be used while sitting (not standing) and all angles are optimized to ensure an ergonomic posture when in use.

    - Smart/Connected: Cubii is connected via Bluetooth to our mobile app that allows users to track, share, set goals, and compete. We will also be launching integrations with Fitbit, Apple Healthkit, and UA Record at the end of Q2 (June 2016). With an increasing movement towards connected health and tracking your exercise, we provide users with an actual source of exercise while letting them stay plugged into the connected fitness ecosystem.

    - Design and Experience: Our mantra is good design. We did not want to design a product that looks like poor quality product sitting in your office or home. Hence, we laid a lot of emphasis on designing a compact and beautifully designed product that fits with the interiors of your space. For us, it's not just about a good product, but the entire experience that comes with it that helps keep people motivated to stay active.

    Hope this helps!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/22/2016 4:03 PM

    Jim, I think it is a stretch to call an under desk elliptical "common." In fact, I think it would be a stretch to call any of our products common as it downplays the creations of our Makers. Are there other iterations? Sure. And of course not every Grommet will be for everyone. That's probably for the best as your house would be drowning in them.

    Grommets, as they always have, contain a foundation of innovation that sets them apart from others on store shelves. They are also made by small-scale Makers we want to give a fair chance in a tough marketplace. We don't slash prices, we don't do mass deals because far too often those practices destroy Makers.

    While we helped launch FitBit early on, using them as an example given their current state kind of makes my point. Yes, you can find the product of a big brand at a cheaper price from a large online retailer, I won't deny that. But by purchasing at The Grommet, not only are you buying an innovative product, but perhaps more importantly, you're supporting, not hurting, the Maker's business.

    Thank you, Shivani, for beautifully describing the key differences. That is very helpful for anyone wondering how Cubii sets itself apart.

  • Debbie
    Debbie
    2/22/2016 4:09 PM

    I watched the video and wanted one right away, my question is that I use a walker and sit a lot, would this put pressure on my knees, or would it be a good way to get more movement for myself?

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/22/2016 4:29 PM

    @Debbie Hi Debbie, I would encourage having a discussion with your doctor to see if Cubii would be a good fit. That said, we do have many customers who have problems in their knees and use Cubii as it provides moderate level of exercise that is light on the knees.

    Cubii is a good way to raise your heart level to about the same as when you are walking and keep your blood circulation healthy. Hope this helps!

  • Paul
    Paul
    2/22/2016 4:28 PM

    Can you give more specifics about the amount and type of exercise Cubii gives you and aren't you still sitting?

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/22/2016 4:36 PM

    @Paul Hi Paul, in terms of specifics, Cubii lets you burn between 100-150 calories per hour depending on the resistance level you are using it at as well as the rotations per minute (RPM). It comes with 8 levels of resistance, and our current users have reported that they need to crank down the resistance to 1 or 2 as the higher levels provide rigorous workout they find themselves breaking a sweat.

    While you are sitting when using the Cubii, you are still moving. The issue with sitting is only when you are sitting sedentary. Cubii helps raise your heart level to about the same as when you are walking. Hence, it helps keep your blood circulation and the heart healthy.

    Recent research studies show that moderate levels of exercise throughout the day are critical even if you go to the gym or take 30-60 mins out for daily exercise. Cubii helps provide a source for that while you go about your daily routines!

  • Donna
    Donna
    2/22/2016 6:21 PM

    I watched the video and see a lot of ankle motion. I have had my ankle replaced and don't know if this would be a good fit for me. What is your return policy if I find I cannot use it?

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/22/2016 7:33 PM

    @Donna We offer a 30- day return policy. We hope it works out for you!

  • Deborah
    Deborah
    2/22/2016 8:12 PM

    Do you have to put it together or does it come put together? Also, is it battery operated?

  • Shivani
    Shivani – Special Guest
    2/22/2016 8:40 PM

    @Deborah All you have to do is screw in the 2 pedals! We provide you with a screw driver, so you dont have to worry about any tools. The bluetooth feature of Cubii is operated via a rechargeable battery. We provide you with a adaptor and charging cable as well.

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