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A project log for OpenBarbell

OpenBarbell was created out of a need for a low cost, accurate, & reliable platform to measure important information about barbell exercises

seminolemuscleseminolemuscle 03/26/2015 at 04:140 Comments

Shoebox prototype #1 is complete!

The measurements are very consistent, and the hardware is showing great promise. There were a couple issues that will be worked out before the end of the week, but we are getting (probably) accurate velocity measurements from a device that is, wait for it, 100x cheaper than the next best alternative. We are getting closer to feeling ready to release all of our documentation and source files but like all good things, you must wait.

This is a bit unlike other open source projects, in that our goal is to appeal to a group of people that doesn't usually partake in this sort of thing. In order to do so, we need to have a device that can communicate its purpose visually without being too intimidating. Although our shoebox prototype works, it will not provide the spark VBT needs to catch on in the lifting community.

That being said, if you want your hands on one now or would like to help us expedite V1.0, feel free to leave a comment below or send me a message. We could use plenty of help to get us where we need to go!

Now for some glamour shots.