#Gadgets: The skipping rope goes high tech

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With the latest wearable craze, some would call it a revolution, people are looking for other ways to incorporate the new technology.

Another invention from South Korea might just be the next big thing. Smart Rope, an LED-embedded jump rope that works with your smartphone elevates the humble cardio workout classic.

The jump rope, arguably the most portable and convenient cardio tool available, allows you to work out anywhere and anytime.

According to Smart Rope, the benefits of jumping rope are tremendous:

  • 30 minutes of jump rope (10 x 3 min sessions) burns 480 calories at a moderate pace
  • Works out the calves and leg muscles, shoulders and rear delts, abs, quads, hamstrings – just about every major muscle group
  • Strong cardiovascular benefits but lower-impact than jogging
  • Good for bone health
  • Improves coordination, breathing efficiency

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So how does Smart Rope work?

With each jump, Smart Rope displays jump data right before your eyes, creating a truly immersive workout experience that’s fun and shows your progress real-time.

The ‘smart rope’ incorporates the natural motion of skipping rope to accurately count jumps, track and recommend workout interval sessions, and calculate calories burned based on your body mass index (BMI).

The ultra-modern design of Smart Rope makes this a sleek purchase. 23 high-quality LEDs display up to four digits with clear visibility even in bright rooms, and eventually will be able to display things like icons and emojis with upcoming software releases. As you jump, the LEDs display your progress right before your eyes. They’ll also illuminate as you power on and off the Smart Rope, and provide information about battery life.

Smart Rope’s accompanying Smart Gym app will first be available for iOS in August 2015, with the Android release following in October 2015. The first Smart Ropes will be ready for shipment in August or September of this year and retails USD$70.

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