Smart dumbbells? Of course, why not?

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I don’t think I’d venture to suggest that dumbbells aren’t at the top of anyone’s list when it comes to connecting. Heck, when you have the word “stupid” in your name, you really act at a disadvantage. Of course, given the boom in smart home fitness over the past few years, why not?

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Kabata joins a growing number of startups offering online strength training at home. But while offerings like Tonal and Tempo are geared towards larger solutions, dumbbells are what the LA-based startup really needs. All the smarts it contains start with a weight system.

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Today, Kabata is announcing a $2 million giveaway that will feature a host of names from the worlds of sports and venture capital. I’ll just copy them right here for the full context of names and companies:

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Courtside Ventures, Detroit Venture Partners (venture fund of Cavs owner Dan Gilbert), Tribe Capital, Zaza Pachulia (Golden State Warriors), Kirk Lakob (EVP Basketball Ops, Golden State Warriors), Naval Ravikant (founder of AngelList), Jordan Nathan (founder and CEO of Caraway Home), Andy Dunn (co-founder and CEO of Bonobos), Sam Parr (co-host of the My First Million podcast), and professional football player Daniel Sturridge.

The product is currently in pilot mode, the specific release date is unknown. The firm says it is targeting both home users and gyms as it figures out the right pricing model. The system uses a connected app that creates a six-week workout that includes self-guided and coached sessions. The collected data allows you to continue customizing the user experience.

“The first dumbbell patent was published in 1928. Nearly a century later, there is a severe lack of innovation in this category, and it’s time to change that,” says co-founder and CEO Karim Ali. “Powered by Kabata’s patented technology and progression algorithms, our smart dumbbells are designed not only to teach you how to properly perform your workout, but to track and understand all of your workout metrics to create the most effective workout possible to achieve your goals.”


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