Home mini-gym packs detachable smart handles

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The home gym is made from aluminum and plastic, and is small and light enough to store out of the way when not in use(Credit: Move It)

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Move It is a compact home gym solution that connects to your smartphone, providing four different pieces of workout kit for cardio and muscle endurance training. Aside from being lightweight and convenient, the design also incorporates detachable, sensor-packed handles that work with all four pieces of equipment.

The product is designed to turn any 3 x 3 m (10 x10 ft) space into a home gym, without the need for bulky workout equipment. Once you're done exercizing, the whole thing slots together into a single compact unit measuring 40 cm (15.7 in), 38 cm (14.9 in) wide and 21 cm (8.3 in) deep. It's made from plastic and aluminum, and the whole thing only weighs a little over 3 kg (6.6 lb).

The modular handles are perhaps the most interesting part of the set up. There's only one set of two handles included with each Move It. Rather than every piece of equipment having its own set of sensors built-in, all the sensing tech is packed into the handles instead, which slot into the four types of training equipment included – the pushup stands, ab wheel, resistance band and jump rope.

The handles contain 3D gyro, pressure, radio frequency, and infrared sensors, allowing for the tracking of 16 different exercise movements. The design is simple, with a rigid aluminum frame and soft grips, and a common socket adapter that plugs into the different workout equipment. They'll work for about 10 hours before they'll need a recharge.

The company has said that additional piece of workout equipment could be released down the line, increasing the platform's functionality. Those extra bits of kit would also work with the standard handles.

All data collected by the smart handles is sent via Bluetooth 4.0 to a connected Android or iOS device. The system knows which piece of equipment the handles are plugged into, and workout data can be displayed in real time on the user's smartphone.

The app itself offers pre-set workouts, cloud stores your stats, and include a social element, with users able to send challenges to friends and compete against other users. There's also a team mode included, allowing users to work together to compete against other groups.

As with all crowdfunding campaigns, there's some way to go before the product is actually ready to ship. Things are off to a good start though, with the effort currently doubling its US$30,000 target. Move It is available in a choice of red and black or black and white color schemes, with early bird prices starting at $159. Assuming everything goes to plan, units will ship to backers in August this year.

For more on the Move It smart home gym, you can take a look at the video below.

Sources: Move It, Indiegogo

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