Revolutionizing agility training, athletic performance, and rehabilitation.
DART is a revolutionary training platform that combines both software analytics and robotics to improve athlete agility and performance. Via an athlete wearable and on-field training device, the DART provides a first-of-its-kind agility measurement system for athlete performance quantification while customizable routes allow for sport- and situation-specific testing and analytics. By making agility quantifiable, DART allows coaches and athletes to use data-driven metrics to gauge performance and improve individual athleticism and across teams as a whole.
Together with founding partners Paul Mazzanobile and Evan Baumgarten, we designed, engineered, and developed the DART—Dynamic Agility Reaction Trainer—the first autonomous robot and sensing platform for agility training, athletic performance development and rehabilitation. A ground-breaking training device and robot, DART introduces a new methodology for all athletes, challenging and developing the athlete’s cognitive reaction skills with non-traditional cues.
Mazzanobile and Baugarten first approached 10XBeta after hearing of our success in developing the PUMA BeatBot. Their journey began long before when they caught wind of a serious athletic anomaly—Muck City, Florida. This small town on the edge of Lake Okeechobee, holds the record for rearing the highest number NFL players. While Muck City’s total population is small, roughly 17,000 people, a staggering 60+ professional players have come from this small town.
Why such a high incidence of NFL players? Children who grow up in Muck City here often find sport in chasing and catching rabbits that inhabit the local deserted sugar cane fields. This early cognitive co-development of speed and reaction time led to a high level of agility. After seeing the profile, Mazzanobile and Baumgarten envisioned a product that could help train an athlete’s brain in the same ways as rabbit chasing and came up with the idea for DART.
Agility > Speed
Synchronization of Movements
After hearing the DART team’s vision, 10XBeta was keen to develop the MVP, which would include an autonomous robot and sensing platform. Over the course of 10 months, 10XBeta worked to take over the drive controls of an off-the-shelf RC car and turn it into an autonomous robot controlled by a smart device, complimented by a wearable sensor and a digital platform for athletic tracking and peer-peer competition.
Making the DART agile itself came with challenges. The shell needed to house a capable drivetrain, hide the wheels from sight, give athletes an eye-level focus point, and remain aerodynamic. The result, a disk-like shell that is light enough to reached necessary speeds, and a light beacon that extends to eye level to meet the natural gaze.
Under the Shell
Brushless DC Motor System (capable of 60km/hr)
Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)
Autonomous Steering System (Servo-Controlled)
Smart Power Management System
Lithium Polymer Battery System
IOS (iPad + iPhone) interface
Customizable Speed Range
Sport-Specific Running Drills
Custom Route Creation
The DART surpassed all our expectations and we cannot wait for the next phase of development. We are actively seeking partners for the next phase of development.
Marcel Botha Product Management
Thomas Lloyd Mechanical Engineering & Electronics
Johan Bredenkamp Design for Manufacturing
Liana Beer Form Studies
Christina Sicoli Brand & User Experience Design
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