LOS ANGELES (Circa) - Even the great Floyd "Money" Mayweather would have a hard time landing a punch on this new training machine.
SkyTechSport is completely changing the game when it comes to interactive sport simulators. Their Ski & Snowboard simulator was used worldwide to help athletes train for the 2018 Winter Olympics. The BotBoxer is the newest addition, and was revealed to the public for the first time in March of 2018.
We believe in technology that reshapes the way we train and exercise. We don't rely on pure guesswork. We don't agree on compromises in training or fitness.
BotBoxer is the world's first robotic punching bag. It was designed for professional athletes as well as people who just enjoy the workout of boxing. The BotBoxer is built around three main settings that respond to a user's preference: motion, reaction, and distance. The bag is built upon a two axis motor that moves side-to-side and back-and-forth. The bag moves and reacts to an athlete's physical motions. The distance is determined by how close the bag allows your fist to get before reacting. The larger the distance, the more difficult it gets to land a punch.
Two additional settings that increase the human-like factors of the bag are constancy and sensitivity. Constancy is summed up as how often BotBoxer will make an error allowing you to land a punch. For example, if you set constancy at 80% then BotBoxer will correctly react and dodge your punches 80% of the time allowing you to land a punch 20% of the time. Sensitivity involves the bag's reaction time to a combination of jabs and punches. If you lower the sensitivity settings, the bag is more likely to freeze up and allow you to land multiple punches at once.
Alex Golunov, Head of SkyTechSport U.S., says there are two main goals they hope to achieve with the BotBoxer. The first is to include the pro boxing community and introduce the BotBoxer to boxing gyms all across the world. The second, and bigger goal, is "to make this technology accessible to everyone and we want to do that by putting them in gyms everywhere". This idea is built around the concept of making exercise more enjoyable and less monotonous.
We think that by designing machines that have a gaming component at the heart, we can make the gyms way more engaging and way more fun for people who don't usually like the gyms.
BotBoxer is available for pre-orders online at BotBoxer.com, and the first units will start shipping in the fall of 2018.