This Jump Rope Is the Future
Old-school gear gets a digital-age upgrade
Consider the humble jump rope.
Does cardio. Does footwork. Helps you dance.
And yet: underappreciated. Under-utilized. Low tech. Which in SF sometimes means low interest.
Which is why your correspondent is excited for the Smart Rope.
From a South Korean design team, Smart Rope is like a Fitbit — but instead of just tracking your hard work, it helps you get that work done.
It projects your jump count in mid-air.
It spits back your calorie expenditure and makes workout recommendations based on past performance. (All assuming, of course, that today’s prototype is tomorrow’s high-functioning gear. We have faith.)
Smart Rope communicates with your smartphone via Bluetooth — allowing for the analytics-rich deep dive into our fitness data that, once upon a time, got us oddly excited about our step count.
But that was 2014.
This is the future.