Kickstarter Update #11: Engineering finalized ahead of time! Here's the promised design update on the rower

Kickstarter Update #11: Engineering finalized ahead of time! Here's the promised design update on the rower

Hi everyone! As always I'm starting this post with a huge thank-you to everyone for such great support. We're all so thrilled to be working on this product and can't wait to get it into your hands!

This is a big update as it addresses the ergonomic improvements we have made to the rower. A lot of you raised concerns about the foot position on our prototype rower, and you were right. From day #1 of this campaign we acknowledged that there were improvements needed in the final version, so, here they are!

Some important notes:

  • While there are some improvements, this is basically just a strengthened version of our prototype but with feet
  • Every improvement has been outlined from the beginning of the campaign in our prototype notes, no surprises or changes from the original objectives of this campaign
  • Overall dimensions remain unchanged
  • Folded dimensions remain unchanged, it still packs down just as small as before (actually slightly more efficiently) and easily fits in a suitcase.
  • There is no change to our manufacturing timeline, this is simply the normal process of refinement in our prototype design (the "engineering" phase) as outlined in our production and delivery schedule.
  • Most kickstarter projects don't get to this phase until after the campaign, but you're seeing this now as we green-lit engineering and production 6 weeks ahead of time.

The production model now has:

  • Raised and lengthened the track. The foot plates are now located below the hips and ergonomics have been improved
  • Added non-slip feet (the previous version had non slip on the base, but this new version will perform slightly better on all flooring surfaces)
  • Wobble in the track and the pedestal mount under high intensity loads has been eliminated
  • Improved the method of attachment between the base unit and the pedestal (no more screw holding it in place)
  • Seat may be locked in place to accommodate different styles of paddling and adaptive users
  • Foot straps are longer
  • Faster setup and disassembly with quick connects, no small parts to lose
  • Easy snap down tension setting for solid rail feel and structural rigidity
  • Flatter, padded seat
  • The rowing unit still packs down just as small as before (actually slightly more efficiently) and will easily fit in a suitcase.
Again, please note that in terms of complications, this is pretty much just a stronger version of our original rower with feet so there won't be any changes to our production process or delivery timeframes. This final design is now with our factory and we're excited to see it start rolling off the line.
Here are the rendered CAD models for you to check out

Rower front view

CAD model of the new rower seen from the front

Rower side view

CAD model of the new rower seen from the side

Rower base unit attachment

CAD diagram of the new base unit "click in" attachment method

 

We hope you like this update as much as we do, thanks so much for all your support!
Sincerely,
Luke Tipple | Founder & ceo whipr inc

19 comments


  • Madeleine Gross

    Does the base unit still need to be “attached” to a door or a wall? I have no door or wall with space beyond it to allow the rail of the machine to fit.
    My current concept 2 (borrowed and to be returned soon) sits in the hallway or on the balcony.


  • Kevin

    Hi I’m really tempted to get the whipr for rowing, but does it track your distance rowed?


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  • LYndsey

    What’s the estimated delivery time if I order one now?


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