Starting with a Strategy
Our challenge? Bring a unique and incredibly motivating experience of a Flywheel class into a rider’s personal space.
We set out to build an app that would stream Flywheel classes both live and on-demand to a custom Android tablet attached to the Fly Anywhere bike. The tablet technology overlays the rider’s personal metrics and the class leaderboard over an HD video stream. This technology bringing the competitive element of a studio class into the home.
True to the well-known Flywheel Brand, the award-winning instructors and quality music can also be found in the Fly Anywhere classes. First, we made sure classes were able to stream on a tablet. We worked with Flywheel to see what other ways we could leverage hardware and software technologies together to enhance and support the Fly Anywhere experience.
There are many reasons Flywheel riders are so loyal to the brand and the classes. The rigorous competition against other riders, highly motivating instructors, high-quality music, and statistics allowing a rider to track their progress. All of these pieces work together to create an intense and fun workout.
We set up a test bike in the Rightpoint office and our developers collaborated with the Flywheel engineering team on the iPhone-and-Apple-TV-connection. After many, many hours and sweat (yes, developers did sweat for this project), we created the experience we were aiming for. Using the Flywheel app, riders can connect their phone or Fly Anywhere bikes or their Apple TV and stream classes to their entertainment systems.
We are no stranger to coupling fitness and tech (and even built the RunKeeper’s app). With Flywheel, we were excited to build an app that used a connected bike in a home with a smart entertainment system. Now, Flywheel can create a community of riders to ride anywhere regardless of studio locations or schedules. Flywheel App Users have the ability to browse and manage their own classes, challenge themselves against other riders and track progress using performance metrics. Riders have access to a personal class whenever and wherever they would like, with Flywheel’s best in class instructors and content.
We believe in making user’s lives better with technology. In the case of the Flywheel app, that means a little healthier and maybe even a little sweatier.
- Mobile and Emerging Technology