Nike Training Club adds adaptive workouts to make exercise more accessible

Nike wants to make fitness apps accessible to more people with disabilities. The athletics gear maker has introduced adaptive workouts to the Nike Training Club app (available for Android and iOS) that you can perform whether or not you have a disability. The seven classes in this set target a wide range of movement and equipment, ranging from upper-body strength training with dumbbells to yoga.

A Nike athlete with limb loss, Amy Bream, leads all the classes. You'll also find guidance from an adaptive training-focused physical therapist. Training Club already offers an exercise program for expecting and recent mothers.

The company isn't alone in making these apps more accessible. Apple added Fitness+ workouts for pregnant people and seniors last year and has Apple Watch wheelchair workout tracking, for instance. Still, Nike's move is an important step that could bring exercise apps to a wider audience.  

Nike Training Club adds adaptive workouts to make exercise more accessible

Nike wants to make fitness apps accessible to more people with disabilities. The athletics gear maker has introduced adaptive workouts to the Nike Training Club app (available for Android and iOS) that you can perform whether or not you have a disability. The seven classes in this set target a wide range of movement and equipment, ranging from upper-body strength training with dumbbells to yoga.

A Nike athlete with limb loss, Amy Bream, leads all the classes. You'll also find guidance from an adaptive training-focused physical therapist. Training Club already offers an exercise program for expecting and recent mothers.

The company isn't alone in making these apps more accessible. Apple added Fitness+ workouts for pregnant people and seniors last year and has Apple Watch wheelchair workout tracking, for instance. Still, Nike's move is an important step that could bring exercise apps to a wider audience.  

This soundbar-shaped device is actually an artificial intelligent personal trainer

Sure, your smartwatch can tell you what your heart rate is, but can it ‘spot’ you and coach you through workouts? Altis is a linear soundbar-esque device that rests under your television and acts as a virtual trainer that properly guides you through your workouts. A set of two cameras on each end of the Altis give it a stereoscopic view of you as you exercise, allowing it to gauge your speed, posture, and technique. Then, it coaches you in real-time, telling you when you’re doing something wrong, and rewarding/encouraging you when you exercise the right way!

Designer: Jeff Halevy

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Altis was debuted at CES 2022, championing the new Workout From Home approach to exercises. Designed as a virtual trainer powered by AI, Altis works just as well as a human trainer, optimizing your regime and correcting your technique as you progress. However, unlike a trainer, Altis is always ready when you are, occupies a small sliver of countertop space right underneath your TV, and gives you a gym-style workout experience right in your living room with the tools you have. Simultaneously, your TV screen lets you observe yourself the way Altis observes you, allowing you to follow exercises while also seeing yourself doing them and comparing yourself to the on-screen trainer.

Where the AI really kicks in is in its ability to optimize workouts based on your level of progress. Unlike the Peloton which presents a cookie-cutter approach to working out, Altis crafts a routine around your goals and abilities. Altis hyper-personalizes your workouts to get you your results faster. Moreover, if it sees you struggling with a certain set of exercises, it automatically switches them up to ensure gains without the risk of injury. This hyper-personalization starts in onboarding where you complete a physical assessment and enter your goals. From then on, Altis will be ready with a custom workout each day that modifies based on your performance to help you reach your goals.

On the design and engineering front, Altis is powered by Nvidia hardware optimized for AI applications. Its ability to track you relies on two strategically placed cameras that also come with their own physical privacy shutter that you can close when you’re not working out. Inside, Altis is powered by an Intel Core i5+ CPU and an Nvidia RTX 3050+ GPU. The device starts with 16 GB of RAM, and 512 GB built in storage. It interfaces with your TV or screen using an HDMI connection, syncing your progress over the internet.

Using Altis is about as easy as communicating with a human trainer. Dubbed the Movement OS, the device tracks your hand as an input controller, allowing you to raise your hand or point at objects on the screen. You first start by choosing the amount of time you want to devote to your exercise for the day, and Altis takes over the rest. It works with movement-based exercises as well as weight training, while observing posture, tracking your movement speed, calculating reps, and giving you time to cool down in between.

Altis offers some significant advantages over the traditional gym membership. It gives you undivided attention, focuses on your form, and optimizes your workout every single day. Simultaneously, it does this all in the comfort of your home at a schedule that suits your needs – something a human trainer won’t quite be able to devotedly do. Altis works with pretty much any TV you’ve got, and can be placed in any room as long as you’ve got space to work out in it. The hardware costs $1199, and patrons get a free one-year subscription to the Altis service, after which it costs $39 a month, which sounds like a steal considering you’re getting your own AI personal trainer!

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This seesaw lamp visualizes your achievements by illuminating with your goals

If you had been waiting for a delightful way to motivate yourself to keep up with your goals or routines in the hybrid work environment, the Motivo lamp is here. It’s a seesaw of illumination that will only light up when you’ve completed your planned goal. Now that’s how anyone who lacks perseverance can stay motivated to drink 5 liters of water throughout the day if the smartwatch notification doesn’t help.

Until I got a smartwatch, I doubted that the trackers and gadgets actually helped you keep more active and achieve predetermined goals. Now as the clouds of doubt fade, things have really changed for good. I can keep tabs on my vitals during my speed walks or set a goal for the day and then drink plenty of water, knowing if I don’t, my better half would have her way over me (for it’s her who’s got me into the smartwatch habit after all).

Designer: HyunJin Kim and Hanyoung Lee

Back to Motivo, it is a very non-intrusive product, that scraps the need of having a gadget tethered to the body all the time. Sitting on the table, alongside your laptop, this seesaw of illumination syncs with the smartphone and lets you pre-plan and then achieve your set goals. The Motivo visualizes individual achievement with its seesaw-like aesthetics. The light is turned on when a goal is achieved and the LED-mounted side of the seesaw rise upward illuminating brighter as the user approaches the planned routine or goal.

The Motivo thus intuitively indicates about the user’s achievement rate as the individual rallies toward his/her achievement. One can turn on the light using a button at the bottom of the Motivo, when the predefined goal is achieved. Interesting as it may sound, I’m sure it will make life tougher for the least motivated like me; but if we can really tap around for fun, who knows we may also light up in enthusiasm one day!

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These earbuds let you tune the music tempo to your heart beat while exercising

While the best earbuds in the industry vouch to cut out active noise, and provide customized sound signatures; there isn’t one that can help you streamline the music tempo to your exercise pace. Thankfully now, a sports metronome concept aptly called Tempo envisions to do just that.

Listening to your favorite music while sweating it out in the gym helps improve the quality of exercise and lifts up your mood. You perhaps don’t want me to tell you this, but you have surely experienced it for yourself. But a secondary effect of music plugged in the ears while exercising is that one can unconsciously pace up or mellow down depending on the tempo of what you’re listening to. This is one primary reason many fitness enthusiasts avoid music whilst exercising.

Designer: Gianni Teruzzi and DCA Design

Tempo, the sports metronome is designed to be worn in the ears like a pair of snugly fitting earbuds and comes with the driver as its remote control. Before we get into the design and facets, let’s brush up on the idea behind the Tempo. Without having the user compromise the impact of music on their performance, The gadget can be specifically set up to guide or be motivated by user’s pace. This works on the similar principle of the metronome used by musicians to produce a steady pulse to play rhythms accurately – here the pulse is measured in beats-per-minute (BPM) and this concept is picked up by the pair of earbuds in discussion.

So, Tempo can without fuss let the user pre-config the music bests – at BPM – they are listening to on the fly, in the middle of their routine, so what is heard is in tune with the exercising pace. The earbuds can directly tap into the music library of Spotify and Apple Music, streaming it directly into the user’s ears wirelessly. The controls for track change, volume controls, etc., are on the left earbud, while the right one helps toggle the rhythm of the music to the value of the BPM; just tap and set the pace of the music you’re streaming from your favorite platform! Taking things a little further, Tempo can switch the rhythm manually or automatically by controlling BPM through your heart rate.

The pair of earbuds come along with a drive that acts as their remote control. This is not so much of individual use – for you have onboard controls on the earbuds – this is primarily for coaches who can simultaneously tune a common rhythm for a team. Both driver and earbuds are packaged into a charging case, which can be charged using a USB-C port. The earbuds also arrive standalone in a charging and protection case.

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Withings Scanwatch Horizon Smartwatch looks like a luxury diver’s watch

Withings ScanWatch Horizon Specs

Withings is a brand many of us know to deliver excellent fitness and health tracking and monitoring features. It continues to come up with products that don’t only look good but also offer top-notch performance.

The latest to be added to the smartwatch lineup is the Withings ScanWatch Horizon. It looks like a luxury divers watch, but it’s really just a fitness watch. The wearable device is a health hybrid smartwatch that’s been inspired by luxury diver watches.

Designer: Withings

Withings ScanWatch Horizon Functions

Withings ScanWatch Horizon Style

The connected health category is here to stay, and Withings will remain part of the revolution. The watch is now available in the United States with a $499 price tag. For a health and fitness-focused watch, the price is a little bit high, but it does look like a luxury watch. However, it is one stylish and elegant-looking timepiece that you can wear for a long time. Watch aficionados who value their health can consider this one from Withings if they want to start their fitness journey.

Withings ScanWatch Horizon Function

Withings ScanWatch Horizon Green Blue

The Withings Scanwatch Horizon features the usual health tracking features: ECG and monitor heart rate, blood oxygen levels, breathing disturbances, physical activity, and sleep. In addition, the watch can be used underwater should you wish to use it while swimming or diving.

Withings ScanWatch Horizon Features

Withings ScanWatch Horizon

The Withings smartwatch comes in a luxurious sapphire-glass casing. The cover has an anti-reflection coating, while the rotating bezel is set in stainless steel. Like a real diver’s watch, its bezel has laser-engraved markings to show standard codes of diving practice. The watch also features Luminova hollow watch hands, indicators, and indices. This means you can use the watch even in low-light conditions.

Withings ScanWatch Horizon Image

A rubberized wristband can replace the ScanWatch Horizon’s stainless-steel band if you want a more sporty look and feel. In addition, the watch’s battery life can last up to 30 days on a single full charge. It also offers 10 ATM water resistance so that you can wear it for water sports, snorkeling, and swimming.

Withings ScanWatch Horizon Parts

Withings ScanWatch Horizon Demo

The watch works with a connected Health Mate app. It has the standard tech and fitness features, including ECG-tracking while underwater. That is not impossible because the watch has been clinically-validated. Its mirror-polished serrated bezel works as an electrode, so tracking and recording can be done with speed and convenience. Under normal circumstances, the 30-second ECG recording works. Results are then shown on the screen and checked in the compatible app. You can view there an in-depth diagnostic report of your health.

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Withings ScanWatch Horizon Price

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Top 10 products designed to help you achieve a wholesome + fit lifestyle

Maintaining a wholesome and healthy lifestyle has become extremely imperative in these times! Especially with COVID-19 completely shaking up our world. And being fit or healthy doesn’t simply mean hitting the gym – which has become a tad bit difficult in these pandemic-ridden times. It includes following a healthy diet, exercising regularly, taking care of our mental health, and more! Hence, we’ve curated a collection of product designs to make that holistic and healthy lifestyle an achievable goal for you! From marble fitness equipment inspired by ancient Rome to a bamboo food steamer – these innovative products are all you need to make all your fitness goals a reality.

1. Fiture

Fitness mirrors are not completely new, but they experienced a spike in interest and popularity in the past months as people tried to cope with having no access to gyms or personal trainers at home. The idea is to have a device that lets you communicate with a remote trainer while you go through your exercises at home.

Why is it noteworthy?

The mirror acts as a display that guides you through the reps while a trainer watches you from the other side of the wire. There are already quite a few of these in the market, but Fiture believes it has a better chance of ending up in your house because of two differentiating features. The first and the most apparent is that the Fiture fitness mirror actually looks more like a fancy home mirror than a machine masquerading as one. While the generically named “The Mirror” also lays claim to that title, the Fiture does one better by offering five colorways to match your decor or wallpaper. The shape of the mirror itself is more visually pleasing, employing rounded corners and brushed metal surfaces to make the frame look more aesthetic. The U-shaped legs provide stability when the mirror isn’t mounted on the wall while also giving it a more distinctive style.

What we like

  • Features “Motion Engine Technology” to protect your privacy
  • You can even put on the magnetic camera cover to completely block out even this AI-based technology

What we dislike

  • There are other similar designs on the market

2. The Panasonic HomeCHEF 7-in-1 Compact Oven

The Panasonic HomeCHEF 7-in-1 Compact Oven has functions such as Steam and Steam Convection. These two promise healthier dishes since they’re able to preserve more nutrients compared to other cooking methods. That brings the number of functions to seven (hence the name), including Air Fry, Convection Bake, Slow Cook, Sanitize, and Ferment.

Why is it noteworthy?

The Panasonic HomeCHEF 7-in-1 Compact Oven is expanding its size and its features in order to also expand the number of healthy dishes one can prepare at home. Although it doesn’t completely remove the work that needs to be done to prepare these meals (not to mention the cleanup afterward), it tries to reduce the number of cooking appliances you have to juggle. It’s easy enough to downplay these conveniences, but ease-of-use and reducing the friction to get started go a long way in setting people on the right track to healthier living.

What we like

  • The Steam and Steam Convection functions preserve more nutrients compared to other cooking methods

What we dislike

  • Calling the HomeCHEF 7-in-1 “compact” might be a bit of a stretch, at least when compared to its siblings. This newest addition to the lineup is larger to accommodate the more spacious 20L capacity and bigger 800ml water tank

3. The Seletti LVDIS Marble Weights

LVDIS Seletti Alessandro Zambelli Marble Fitness Equipment Design

Lvdis Set 2 Dumbell KG. 3

Designed by Italian designer Alessandro Zambelli, these marble weights are a sight for sore eyes. And, if you’re tired of the smelly and rusty weights in your home gym, you may consider the marble. The set is one-of-a-kind as we’ve never really imagined marble could be used.

Why is it noteworthy?

The inspiration for the Seletti LVDIS Marble Weights is ancient Rome. It makes sense since sports used to be very important in ancient Rome and Greece. The ancient games would draw big crowds for centuries, and to copy the experience, the LVDIS is here to offer inspiration. LVDIS (ludis) means “sports” in Latin, so this set of marble weights has everything to do with sports. Unfortunately, some people forget that weightlifting is a sport, but LVDIS will change all that. And even if you don’t lift weights or are not interested in getting fit, you can still have these dumbbells to display at home.

What we like

  • Each piece is beautifully made with immaculate white marble and appears like a piece of art you may want to showcase.
  • The Seletti LVDIS series of marble weights can be considered art

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

4. Vivosmart 5

Vivosmart 5 is a successor to the brand’s Vivosmart 4 fitness tracker launched in 2018. Four years since, there has been a considerable change in the sensors and features included in fitness trackers that present a more streamlined and affordable alternative to high-end smartwatches. Vivosmart 5 doesn’t choose to deviate much from the original idea of the Vivosmart 4, despite the lapse in time; yet it presents a decent competition to some of the top names on the block. There are a few reasons for this.

Why is it noteworthy?

Designed for round-the-clock usage, “Vivosmart 5 is there when you need it, and unobstructed when you don’t.” Packaged in a sleeker form factor with easy to read, 66-percent larger OLED display (from the predecessor), the Vivosmart 5 is Garmin’s most advanced sleep tracking band that includes a sleep score feature. It provides information regarding the quantity and quality of a user’s sleep. Using the smart band, users can track heart rate, sleep, and physical activity, and keep tabs on text messages & incoming calls.

What we like

  • It is made for anyone who wants a simple solution for tracking their well-being and monitoring their oxygen levels and the body battery energy & stress levels throughout the day

What we dislike

  • The physical button may not look too pleasing to the eye sitting right below the watch face

5. The Bamboo Food Steamer

Compared to traditional bamboo steamers, this product is cleaner, more portable, and easily accessible for consumers who are less familiar with Chinese culture and cooking techniques. The steamer seems very-user friendly, as it only has one control: a circular LED timer. Simply plug in the device, set your timer- no extra on/off switch needed. These small touches make the Bamboo Food Steamer the easiest purchase you could make in order to support healthy and environmentally-sustainable choices.

Why is it noteworthy?

But what is the advantage of using the Bamboo Food Steamer? First off, bamboo steamers have been a staple in Chinese cuisine for over 5,000 years. They consist of stackable layers with slatted bottoms, making it possible to cook multiple items simultaneously. The bamboo also absorbs excess steam, which keeps vegetables from becoming too soggy. As a bonus: the Bamboo Food Steamer promotes environmentally-friendly practices in addition to healthy eating because, unlike trees, bamboo stalks grow back after being cut and require minimal effort from their farmers.

What we like

  • Encourages steaming of food – one of the healthiest methods of cooking
  • Promotes eco-friendly practices as its made from bamboo

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

6. The Missaglia tiles

When we spend a lot of time indoors and keep the windows closed for air conditioning, we feel cool and comfortable. However, that means we also need air purifying devices to make sure that we’re breathing in healthy air inside our homes. There are several kinds of air-purifying devices out there but they seem to be pretty distinctive and will most likely not blend in with your furniture. This new concept will solve that problem by designing something that looks like part of your decoration.

Why is it noteworthy?

The Missaglia tiles are square-shaped tiles with rounded corners which you can attach to your walls. More than just tiles to match your aesthetic, they’re actually air purifying devices that can capture pollutants, bacteria, and viruses that are floating around your house. But the advantage as compared to the traditional air purifiers is that it won’t take up any space in your room as you only have to attach it to the wall or any surface you want to place it in.

What we like

  • Able to absorb and eliminate odors from both food as well as cleaning agents
  •  Won’t take up any space in your room

What we dislike

  • May not match the aesthetics of all living spaces

7. The DnaBand

More like a fitness tracker that sits on your wrist bone, the wearable dubbed DnaBand performs an on-the-spot genetic analysis of the foods being chosen for the wearer. Basically, all you have to do is scan the barcode of a grocery or eatable item with the DnaBand. If the product is good for you based on the genetic analysis, the green light comes up, and if it’s not the best-suited thing to have, the red light indicator comes up.

Why is it noteworthy?

As the database of the wearable keeps growing, the recommendations for the best foods to have also keep improving drastically. The result, you’ll never be feeding your body (unless you have the grit and determination) with food items that’ll harm your biology in the long run. Thereby, helping avoid the chances of long-term health problems. These recommendations are stored locally on the wearable band too inside the small bean-shaped capsule.

What we like

  • The DnaBand will only encourage you to adopt healthy eating and drinking habits
  • The DNA analysis will be combined with real-time fitness activities to recommend dietary items

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

8. The Ocean Sun

Being surrounded by plants is also extremely conducive for our mental and physical well-being! Designed to be more than just your average USB-powered work light, the Ocean Sun Plant Light, as its name quite aptly suggests, features a calibrated set of LEDs that emit light similar to the light from the sun. Made primarily for indoor plants that don’t receive too much natural light, the Ocean Sun Plant Light provides them with the right spectrum of light to enable photosynthesis and foster growth… and unlike the sun, it can fit in your palm.

Why is it noteworthy?

The Ocean Sun sports a sleek, compact design with a precisely machined aluminum outer shell and a series of flicker-free LEDs that draw power from a USB-C port located on the back of the device. Each lamp comes along with its own adjustable USB-C stand cable that lets you position and angle the lamp however you want, although the Ocean Sun works with any third-party cable too, giving you the freedom to hook it up to your laptop, a power bank, or even a set of solar panels with a USB output!

What we like

  • Compact form that fits in your palm
  • High end flicker free LEDs

What we dislike

  • Not too sure how well plants would grow with this light

9. The Fresh Fridge

Ditching trendy diets for mindful eating, the Fresh Fridge designed by Tati Feruccio is paired with an array of technical features that encourage a health-conscious lifestyle. The Fresh Fridge is a sort of smart refrigerator that analyzes each user’s distinct eating and health habits to portion out nutritious meals throughout the day. The main technical detail that stands out is the Fresh Fridge’s digital interface that’s located just above the small refrigerator.

Why is it noteworthy?

Broadcasting mindful facts and cooking recipes from its screen, the digital interface is like your own personal cooking show for various meals throughout the day. Just below the interface, allocated space for meal preparation feels intuitive and makes following along with recipes while chopping up produce items easier than ever before.

What we like

  • Encourages mindful eating over trendy short-term diets
  • An integrated digital interface

What we dislike

  • We don’t know how well would the fridge’s analyzed portions work for everyone

10. The Infinity

Created by Stuttgart-based designer Stephan Henrich, this uniquely shaped bicycle is an out-of-the-box automotive design by a long way. The all-wheel beach and city cruiser is propelled forward by a monotyre-clip chain system which automatically forms a temporary rim in the wheel sections, as well as a dented belt drive in the interior groove.

Why is it noteworthy?

The monotyre is powered via the central wheel as the crank generates the force required to churn the wheels. The bicycle sets into motion with the help of the short-chain, and an 8-speed gearbox which is nothing like we have seen thus far.

What we like

  • The Infinity impresses with the one construction element that fluidly changes between functions

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

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This wearable helps you go healthy food shopping based on DNA analysis

The sharpest of minds have been studying DNA for more than 70 years now, for a better understanding of the human species and how the individual’s biology is shaped. While this subject is as wide as the expanse of the oceans, we’re getting a better idea of each of its properties making us all unique in our own rights. Our DNA affects the way in which our body responds to the foods we eat, and that explains how some of us are allergic to some eatables while some others are good for our body.

A diet plan for one individual might not be the best fit for another, that’s why millions of dollars are invested into health and fitness across the world every year. Understanding the science behind the food we eat, and how it metabolizes is worth its weight in gold. In this quest, DnaNudge has developed a niche wearable capable of recommending and even saving the unassuming shoppers from making bad choices.

Designer: UDL Industrial Design

More like a fitness tracker that sits on your wrist bone, the wearable dubbed DnaBand performs an on-the-spot genetic analysis of the foods being chosen for the wearer. Basically, all you have to do is scan the barcode of a grocery or eatable item with the DnaBand. If the product is good for you based on the genetic analysis, the green light comes up, and if it’s not the best-suited thing to have, the red light indicator comes up.

As the database of the wearable keeps growing, the recommendations for the best foods to have also keep improving drastically. The result, you’ll never be feeding your body (unless you have the grit and determination) with food items that’ll harm your biology in the long run. Thereby, helping avoid the chances of long-term health problems. These recommendations are stored locally on the wearable band too inside the small bean-shaped capsule.

To make things practical, the DnaBand will only encourage you to adopt healthy eating and drinking habits. For example, it will tell you if based on your DNA, having low sugar chocolate will be beneficial. It’ll be more of a psychological change in lifestyle rather than a complete overhaul of habits overnight. Small changes in shopping habits will gradually put the user on the path to better health, the scientifically proven way.

The DNA analysis will be combined with real-time fitness activities to recommend dietary items. For instance, if you are mostly on a low fitness regime for a week, foods lesser in carbohydrates will light up green, while if some other week you are on a stringent fitness routine, food items with high carbohydrates will trigger the wearable to go green.

Other than the cool health tracking bit, the wearable band is ultra-comfortable to wear with a magnetic leather strap that goes with every wrist size. All the real-time data is saved locally on the band in an encrypted manner to avoid any data breaches. With the DnaBand users will be always aware of what they are putting in their system to make better health-related choices.

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The Fiture mirror wants to improve your at-home workout form

Maybe the pandemic made you rethink your gym membership, or maybe you just don’t like working out in the presence of other people. Thankfully, there’s a slew of gadgets and connected equipment that can help you exercise well at home. Without proper form guidance, though, you risk using the wrong muscles for some actions or worse, you could end up hurting yourself. That’s why more recent devices like the Tempo Move or the Peloton Guide purport to watch while you exercise and teach you better form. A new smart mirror launching today promises to offer “real-time feedback through form correction as well as pacing, timing and movement feedback” through its “Motion Engine technology.” The company is called Fiture (future of fitness, get it?) and the $1,495 interactive mirror is just the beginning of its offerings.

Like the NordicTrack Vault Complete and the Lululemon-owned Mirror, the Fiture has a screen embedded inside a reflective surface. In fact, the Fiture and the Mirror both have a 43-inch display, though the former stands 12 inches taller at 68 inches. It’s also slightly wider and thicker than Lululemon’s gadget, yet surprisingly weighs 10 pounds less. At just 60 pounds, Fiture's offering was easy enough for me to lift and move over short distances (but that’s just me flexing).

At a recent demo event, I tried out some workouts on the Fiture mirror. About 200 to 400 workouts will be available at launch, with sessions ranging from 5 to 60 minutes in length. They span categories like strength, HIIT, yoga, boxing, pilates, barre, cardio sculpt and stretching for cooldowns. You’ll need to pay a $39 monthly fee to use the device and these classes, which is similar to what Lululemon and Peloton charge with their hardware. Though Peloton allows for up to 20 user profiles, Lululemon only supports up to six, and requires a “one-year minimum commitment.” Meanwhile, Fiture lets you have up to seven users on one membership and you can subscribe month-to-month.

The Fiture interactive workout mirror showing a summary page, with a woman holding a camera in the reflection.
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My personal gripes about buying hardware with mandatory subscriptions aside, I can understand charging a recurring fee for services that push out new content all the time, and Fiture said it will be adding new videos every week and that live classes are in the works.

I’m more intrigued by the ability to customize workouts. Through the companion app, you can select one of three preset durations (5, 10 or 15 minutes), the type of activity (HIIT or Strength) and the difficulty level. The system generates a set of moves, like squats, hip hinges, lunges, presses or raises — all of which you can edit by tweaking the duration of each set or number of reps. You can also add any number of exercises from Fiture’s extensive library of movements, and when you’re done, stream your custom class to the mirror.

The custom workouts won’t have a trainer walking you through the entire session like the pre-recorded ones, but I love the idea of being able to create my own targeted sets or supersets. More importantly, the device will still count your reps and monitor your form while you do those.

This is the highlight of the Fiture system. It has an onboard camera on the bottom third, and it blends so well into the looking glass that I can only see the sensor at extreme angles. The company includes a cap that magnetically attaches to the mirror so you can cover up the camera when not in use. Using 4K video captured from the camera and its “Motion Engine” algorithms, the device not only counts your reps, but it can also judge your pace. According to Fiture, if you’re flying through your reps, you should consider using heavier weights. If you’re moving too slowly through a motion, you should try something lighter.

A picture of the Fiture connected fitness mirror with a rack of colorful dumbbells in view.
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At the demo, I did about a dozen upright rows, front and lateral raises with a pair of 8-pound barbells (which is lighter than my usual 10 to 15 pounds). In the beginning of the set, I sped through the reps, and my pace was reflected onscreen, at about eye level. I slowed down a little, and hit what Fiture deemed to be the optimal pace. Reps performed at that speed notched a higher score, but every move contributed to my total for the workout.

I tried another session that involved an Arnold overhead press and noticed that some of my reps weren’t being counted. Helpfully, a diagram popped up at the bottom right of the screen, telling me to straighten my arms when overhead. Once I started paying attention to that part of the move, the system started counting my reps again.

Fiture also offers timed sets instead of specific numbers of reps. Another session had me sitting in a chair pose for a minute, and the mirror only started counting the seconds when it determined I had sunk low enough and had my arms raised high enough. When I gave up at about 58 seconds and stood up, it stopped counting.

A woman holding dumbbells in the middle of a bent-over row, poised in front of the Fiture interactive mirror leaning against a wall.
Fiture

The mirror can also detect exercises performed on the floor, like hip thrusts, planks and mountain climbers. I blazed through about 20 hip thrusts, and Fiture counted every single one. I did struggle with keeping an eye on the onscreen trainer when doing alternate side bird-dogs, but that’s a problem with following any workout video with floorwork.

At the end of every workout, you’ll see a summary of calories burned, time spent and also your position on the app’s leaderboard. Fiture will also suggest a follow-up video that’s usually stretching for a cooldown. You can raise your hand and hold it up for a few seconds to automatically start the recommended activity, which is pretty convenient. I tried this out a few times and the camera was quite accurate at noticing when I had my arm up.

Because the Fiture isn’t touch-enabled, you’ll mostly interact with it via the companion app, the onboard volume and power buttons or by gestures. Voice control is coming, the company said, and it’ll offer options for you to pause a workout, for example. At the moment, though, after you launch a video from your phone, the app will become a remote control for the mirror, showing controls for play, pause, volume, skipping sections and fast-forwarding or rewinding in 15-second increments.

I didn’t get to test this out at the demo, but Fiture also comes with a heart rate tracker that you can strap on to see your cardio performance on the screen. You can also connect your own Bluetooth-enabled heart rate or fitness tracker, like the Apple Watch, and see your pulse on the display. For now, Fiture doesn’t offer videos that make use of that information for tailored workouts based on your real-time cardio performance, but the company said it’s looking into that option.

A person seated in front of a Fiture interactive workout mirror on a yoga mat, performing a seated spinal twist.
Fiture

Based on my brief time with the Fiture mirror, I have to say the system seems sound — my glutes were sore the next day. In parts of the brightly lit event space, the onscreen video was slightly difficult to see, particularly when sunlight was streaming directly onto the surface. But in pretty much every other part of the indoor space, the display was crisp and easy to read. The background music and trainer’s voice in the workouts were also loud enough to hear.

In the fitness mirror space, Fiture is a fairly elegant option. Though it doesn’t come with equipment like resistance bands or weights (you’ll have to use your own or rely on bodyweight workouts), its motion detection and form guidance are built into the device. That’s different from the Lululemon Mirror, which, outside of live classes, requires additional connected weights to count reps and offer feedback. The Tempo Move also requires you to use its custom color-coded barbells and plates before it can effectively count your reps.

Best of all, for someone like me who lives in a tiny studio, the Fiture’s small footprint is extremely appealing. It’s also one of the best-looking smart mirrors around, and comes in five colors. But before you spend $1,500 on the Fiture mirror, I’d recommend waiting till we can do a bit more testing in the real world to see if it’s worth the big bucks.

This sleek rowing machine is all you need to strengthen core muscles

Home workouts are now becoming more common than before, as fitness freaks explore the more practical option compared to visiting gymnasiums susceptible to the spread of infections. While having dumbbells and weight rods is the easier option, getting a hardcore machine for a particular body toning regime is also beneficial. How the machine looks and whether it fits the modern interior space well, is a question well worth pondering over.

The Beam rowing machine designed by Minho Lee is one of them, and it’s already got me charged up to flex those muscles. Rowing is a very important exercise to build the shoulder, back, bicep and tricep muscles along with the core. Hence getting a rowing machine makes more sense than getting any other isolated muscle workout machine. Since space is at a premium when it comes to getting indoor workout machines, a rowing machine is the one to go for prime fitness.

Designer: Minho Lee

This sleek rowing machine blends in with any home interior and is compact enough to not take much space once the daily workout is done. The intensity controller toggles the level of resistance the machine will provide, while the sturdy legs ensure it will not move even an inch with intense rowing action. The optimum length of the machine can also be adjusted via the slide rail to provide varied angles of pulling action to target back and shoulder muscles. The footrest too looks very sturdy and ergonomically positioned for the right body posture.

The shining chrome dark gray finish of the body combined with the light gray of the seating and pull rod is so inviting. I would love to have this rowing machine tucked in the corner of my recreational room, ready to unleash it every evening after a challenging workday to get in prime physical as well as mental condition.

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