Here's the problem Despite advances in data collection and analysis, modern gyms have not taken advantage of this technology to optimize their businesses. Gyms lack precise methods of gathering data about the usage of their equipment, and because of this, are unable to make informed data driven decisions.
What it does
Jymbit is a web platform where gym owners can gather precise metrics with time data about the usage of their equipment and trade/share their equipment with other businesses. Through Jymbit, franchises can identify underutilized equipment and equipment shortages, and use this information to make truly data driven decisions.
How we built it
Jymbit uses Arduino and sensor technology to gather equipment usage data to analyse and display in a Flask web application. This then interfaces with a desktop application in order to provide a heavier analytical program so that it is easy to save pictures of important graphs for statues.
Challenges we ran into
On the second day of developing, we ran out of API calls for our intended plotting/graphing library, which locked us out and asked us to purchase a subscription. This was a major setback, since our web application heavily relied on this API providing a web based graphics analysis. However, we adapted by incorporating another graphing engine that could better interface with the Arduino.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are proud of having a comprehensive state of the art data driven platform that will revolutionize the fitness industry and may have greater repercussions. Our program spans web, mobile, desktop, and hardware components to welcome the gym into the Internet of Things.
What we learned
We learned that connecting multiple platforms is an extremely difficult technical endeavour, but that is possible given sufficient resolution and insufficient sleep.
What's next for Jymbit
The Jymbit team is looking for angel investors to help start up our platform and connect with the $89 billion dollar fitness industry. We're also considering angles to tap into the consumer side in order to fully integrate the experience for both fitness centres and those who go.