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Galleries // 2022 Spark:Product // Kabata Smart Dumbbell

Kabata Smart Dumbbell

Winner - Platinum

Competition: Spark:Product
Designer: Cole Derby - Director of Industrial Design
Design Type: Fitness, Outdoor & Sporting Goods
Company / Organization / School: Kabata
Team Members: Cole Derby, Dan Harden, Natalie Rowan, Grace Budgett & Walker Harden

Kabata is the first hands-free weight adjustment experience of any dumbbell system. This interactive auto-adjusting dumbbell system design is for the beginner/intermediate lifter. The auto-adjust system interlocks seamlessly via a cam mechanism between each plate increment that takes a fraction of a second to engage. The weight runs from 5lb to 60lb per dumbbell in increments of 5lbs. Onboard sensors detect inputs of movement, acceleration, angular velocity, position, temperature, pressure, magnetic field, heart rate, radio frequency, sound waves, and orientation in order to control the weight adjuster and curate a personalized workout per user. With the Kabata platform, users have access to the Kabata mobile app where they can access training programs monitor key performance metrics, engage in challenges, and share their workout performance with their community of “teammates” and “followers.” Smart bells connect to the app via Bluetooth, allowing for two communication of data from the weights to the phone for automated lbs adjustments during a set or automatically detected a rest period.


"Beautifully designed and provides added benefits to the user (weight adjustment, etc). Nicely done!"