Does the frustration involved with rolling up a mat keep you from avoiding a daily yoga routine? That’s my excuse, which is now rendered moot with a yoga mat that rolls up tightly all by itself thanks to some fashion technology that was popular in the 1990s.
The YoYo Mat, which is attempting to raise $50,000 (roughly £32,500) via Kickstarter to fund a large production run, looks and feels like your typical foam yoga mat. So you’re not making any compromises when it comes to weight or comfort. But it’s been upgraded with a pair of flat metal strips embedded along each edge of the mat that become rigid when unfurled ensuring the YoYo Mat always lies flat on the floor.
When your workout is over, simply picking up the YoYo Mat causes those metal strips to ‘snap’ and the whole thing to roll up on itself. It’s not exactly a solution to the planet’s most pressing issues, but the days of wrangling a six-feet long foam mat into a tight roll will soon be ancient history for yoga enthusiasts.
That is assuming, of course, that the YoYo Mat’s Kickstarter campaign is a success. If you want to help it along, and pre-order one of the mat’s for yourself, a donation of $79 (£51) is all that’s needed. Delivery is expected to be as soon as November later this year, but it’s a good idea to take any Kickstarter promise with a grain of salt.
That being said, the creators of the YoYo Mat aren’t exactly reinventing the wheel. As their demo video indicates, they’ve actually got fully functional prototypes ready to go into production. They’re not looking for funding to help realise a crude napkin sketch, the YoYo Mat already appears to work as promised, so consider this one of the less risky Kickstarter campaigns to back.