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Pro And College Teams Use New Workout Device That Enables ‘Smart’ Weight Racks

Jacob Rothman, a first and third baseman at MIT, herniated a disc in his back while doing a warm-up set of squats during the summer after his freshman year. Though that helped end his baseball career, it helped launch a new technology. He and two fellow MIT students started working on Perch in 2016. With Rothman’s own physical therapy and fitness, following his injury, serving as inspiration, they noticed how popular Fitbits and Apple watches had become as consumers sought a way to quantify their aerobic activity through technology.

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