This futuristic sportswear collection with strategically distributed weights is giving us a cool, Wakanda-vibe!

When it comes to buying sportswear, we’re always advised to go down the lightweight route. ‘Your workout outfit should be as light and fluid as possible’ – this is what’s been drilled into our heads, and this is exactly where Omorpho is breaking all the rules. Launched by former Nike executive Stefan Olander, Omorpho is the newest sportswear brand in town, and their latest Gravity Sportswear collection is quite literally turning heads. The collection promises to make the wearer, “fitter, faster, and stronger”.

Stefan Olander said, “We’ve always been told that what we wear for sports and fitness should be as lightweight as possible, but the first thing we do to get stronger and fitter is add resistance. So why not build it into what we wear?” And this does seem possible. Wondering how? We have one word for you…’MicroLoad’. Omorpho makes sports apparel heavier, rather than lighter. And it does so, by strategically distributing small amounts of weight (in the form of little beads) across a vest, tops, and bottoms, in an attempt to increase and improve your fitness, power, and speed.

The beads are called ‘Gravity Spheres’, and are created from polyurethane. In fact, the addition of these bulbous spheres can increase your vertical jump by 9 percent, power by 8 percent, and speed by three percent (proven by studies, of course). And, not to mention, besides the immense functionality of this collection, it also has a lot to offer in terms of aesthetics. All the products are sleek, futuristic, and absolute attention grabbers. And, they make you look like you’ve just stepped out of Black Panther. Wakanda Forever!

“Sports apparel today is optimized for competition, but most people compete for less than 1 percent of the time,” Stefan Olander, co-founder of Omorpho, said in a release. “We’ve created a beautiful and functional collection for the other 99 percent using a completely new approach to deliver better results by adding small amounts of weight that don’t restrict movement.” And that’s the magic of MicroLoad. The naturally distributed weight is light enough to let you move with your usual speed and intensity, while also challenging the active muscles, by placing weight on the parts of your body that are moving.

The premium performance fabrics used to create the Gravity Sportswear collection provide utmost comfort and elasticity during any type of training. The intriguing gravity spheres are placed strategically across the apparel for peak functionality, and to help build strength, speed, and endurance.

Named after the Greek word meaning beautiful, Omorpho attempts to challenge the age-old misconception that lightweight apparel is the key to a better workout. And I do believe it successfully does so with its Gravity Sportswear collection. You can now achieve better fitness results, increase the effectiveness of your training, and challenge your muscles even more intensely – by simply changing what you wear!

Designer: Omorpho

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DJI’s latest action camera just made the GoPro look like an expensive hunk of plastic

With an incredibly diverse eco-system of snap-on modules that let you practically attach the camera anywhere you want, the DJI Action 2 is what you get when you create a camera after intense research and design-thinking… not by simply copying what the rest of the market is doing.

Drone and gimbal makers extraordinaire, DJI seems to be completely disrupting the non-smartphone consumer camera market. The OM, Osmo, and Pocket give you a set of really powerful stabilized on-ground recording capabilities, while DJI’s drones really speak for themselves… With the Action 2, however, the company hopes to conquer yet another market that was up until now dominated by GoPro.

“The blueprint of an action cam is a familiar one – tough, waterproof, in a compact body”, says the narrator in the video above… and in doing so, perfectly describes the pit into which most tech companies fall – the pit of the ‘template’. It’s easy to be the second or the third best company in any domain… simply follow your biggest competitor and provide ‘the next best option’ for consumers to consider. This is something most action cameras have been doing by simply recreating what the GoPro pushed out. Once you hacked the template, you could make your action camera cheaper, have more memory, have a better battery, or cloud storage, and voila… your product was a worthy competitor to the GoPro. What the Action 2 aims at doing is redrawing that template by asking itself “If the GoPro didn’t exist, what would an action camera in 2021 look like?”

What the Action 2 gets right with its design isn’t just the camera (after all, DJI’s cameras are pretty fantastic to begin with) but rather how the camera is operated. The company designed an exhaustive list of modules, holders, and even accessories to go with their camera, all of which affix themselves to the Action 2 using an incredibly powerful set of magnets (a la MagSafe). The modules simply snap on or snap off, and give you a variety of use-cases, from being able to hold the camera in your hand, fix it to your chest/arm/head, attach it to your helmet, handlebar, or dashboard, place it on a steady surface, or even go underwater with it. If there’s a place you could take your Action 2, or an activity you could conduct with your Action 2… DJI’s thought of it and designed a module/accessory for it.

In many ways, this holistic approach is GoPro’s undoing. The way DJI’s modules just magnetically snap on or snap off the Action 2 make it really easy to use the camera anywhere and anyhow… and the camera’s all-terrain + waterproof design, 155° Super-Wide lens, powerful digital stabilization algorithm, and the 4-microphone recording setup make the Action 2 an incredibly compelling purchase.

Perhaps the Action 2’s most defining feature (and you’ll see it practically all their images) is the snap-on touchscreen module. Traditionally, all action cameras have lenses on the front and displays on the rear… and that’s great for filming everything except yourself. DJI’s Front Touchscreen Module basically lets you turn the action camera into a wide-angle vlogging camera. The module snaps right on and lets you attach other accessories like the tripod, selfie stick, car-mount, etc. Moreover, snapping it on doesn’t just give you a front-facing extra screen… it gives you an extra battery pack too, doubling the Action 2’s recording time to 160 minutes, and also adds extra mics for crisper audio recording – a feature that vastly benefits vloggers and influencers who want to be in the spotlight.

Exercise Equipment to achieve your fitness goals + maintain the Olympic fever at home!

The Olympic season had honestly got me super fitness-oriented! Since then, I’ve been making efforts to work out regularly, eat cleaner, hydrate abundantly, and move my body about as much as I can. COVID-19 has made hitting the gym nearly impossible, so I always turn towards home workouts, and they definitely do wonders. But having the right exercise equipment at home is a must. This prevents injuries and ensures we work out in the correct and safe manner, without pushing or damaging our bodies. In an ode to Olympic season, and to all of us getting fitter this year (hopefully), we’ve curated a collection of super fun and functional exercise equipment for you! Getting fit while being confined to your home has never been easier!

Peloton Vibe caters to every sense and muscle from start to finish, it is truly a whole vibe. The bench has a unique multi-position arm that can be moved to work with a variety of exercises. The lower portion stores a set of dumbbells that help expand to a larger range of guided workouts by the Peloton App service. Once you complete your workout, the bench seat and arm surface seamlessly transform into a massage experience. It utilizes built-in massage balls that can rotate and heat up based on your preferences. At-home gym equipment AND at-home spa? I would work out more often simply so I can make the most of the heated massage feature.

This smart spin bike by PlayPulse breaks the norm of following the exercise instructions on the 24-inch display of the machine – replacing it with an interface for watching Netflix. Yes, that’s right it’s not a spoof! To continue binge-watching, you’ll have to keep pedaling, or else, the screen blacks out and the video stops playing. PlayPulse One also comes with four pre-loaded games when you get bored of over-watching content on Netflix. These games including tank battles, bumper cars, and street racing – work with the same mechanics – the more you pedal, the better you perform in the particular game.

Developed from a collaboration between personal trainers and product designers, AIIR was designed to reduce joint stress and promote healthy posture. Contained within an 8.5″ x 6″ travel case, AIIR Flow is the smaller of the two workout kits and comes with two durable, carbon-steel push-up bars so you can get an arm and chest workout anywhere. The push-up bars come with spring-loaded, folding supports that dislodge from and fold inside both ends of each handle for ultimate portability. The push-up bars pack down to the size of a water bottle and can support up to 300lbs when in use. Each handle was designed to be ergonomic and promote healthy posture through a slightly inclined and elevated build.

The ARENA creates a workout system that can be used across over 300 movement types and in tandem with multiple styles from strength training to cardio, HIIT, athletic training, conditioning, weight-loss, and even recovery. ARENA provides a physical platform for you to work out on, while a motor-controlled high-performance cable passes from within it, giving you the ability to simulate a variety of exercises. The cable is controlled by algorithms within the ARENA that can simulate any force curve as well as dynamically adapt to users speed of movement to help you achieve your desired training result (muscle gain, weight-loss…).

In order to make a kettlebell as inconspicuous as any other living room product, a team of designers created Hi Moon, a circular kettlebell that could easily pass for a modern vase or piece of ceramic artwork. Hi Moon would look right at home beside a small bouquet of flowers or even on the windowsill. Available in three muted colors, Hi Moon comes in coral-green, cloud grey, or peach orange. The array of available color options gives Hi Moon a versatile edge, fitting into several home color and design schemes. No matter where you’re working out at home, Hi Moon adds a touch of style to every home gym and living room.

Perhaps one of the most ingenious uses of patterns I’ve seen in a while, the Kyoma Yoga Mat from 1026 Studio comes with a neat set of graphics printed onto it. However, look closer and they’re actually a catalog of 118 exercises/postures for you to choose from! Fulfilling the role of a mat as well as an instructor, the Kyoma Yoga Mat really gives you a neat menu of positions to choose from. The mat’s graphics are split into two distinct categories with 59 stretching exercises and 59 yoga postures, and there’s even a Kamasutra edition with 59 poses, but hey… we’re a family-friendly website. Go look it up on your own if you want.

Meet the CLMBR, it’s a combination of an elliptical trainer, a bench-press, a stationary cycle, and has elements of cardio dancing, HIIT training, and even rock-climbing in it. Designed to give every single muscle in your body an intense workout, the CLMBR helps 60% more calories than running, rowing & bike workouts… and its vertical design allows it to fit into the smallest of homes and rooms. On the floor, the CLMBR occupies roughly 3×3 feet of space or about as much as two doormats. Most of the CLMBR’s gear is oriented vertically, which allows it to do two things – A. Occupy a fraction of the space of a home-gym yet give you all of it, and B. Use gravity to its advantage to make your workouts more intense and effective.

Designed as a response to several restrictions imposed during the lockdown, the NIKE AIRBUDDY is a conceptual drone that ‘spots’ you while you exercise. It can be carried around via a shoulder strap located on the base of the drone and can be deployed anywhere. Once in the air, the drone connects with your Nike Fitness App and tracks your performance, giving you a comprehensive breakdown of your routine at the end. The drone embodies a clean, sophisticated design language, with 4 rotors branching out of a capsule-shaped body. The drone’s body is outfitted with a single camera that acts as a watchful eye, observing every movement you make like a trainer would.

Merging the home gym with storage capabilities, the Stoyka from product design studio Dydykin is a power rack for the modern home designed to look like high-end furniture. Since physical fitness has become integral to our daily routines, the purpose behind Stoyka aims to strike a balance in using living spaces as fitness studios. In finding that harmony, the designers behind Stoyka integrated a storage system into the power rack, which slides out from behind the power rack’s rear wall. These sliding racks carry enough room to store the power rack’s barbells, round weighted plates, as well as rack accessories like support beams and spotter’s arms.

No hate on Peloton, but the Ciclotte Bike has a strong potential to take over the market with its sleek and space-saving design. The Dyson-inspired aesthetics give it a big edge over the traditional stationary bikes, this almost looks like an accent piece for your living room! The new normal has enforced us to take a hard look at our indoors – and reinvent the services we depended on that are outside our home. One of the major hits in this scene was the gym and fitness department. Not only were your local yoga studios and power workouts now out of the picture, but we also had to look deep inside and bring in the discipline needed to pull this on an everyday basis minus the peer pressure of missing a class.

Peloton gets redesigned for a full body workout & recovery massage with aromatherapy at home!

The pandemic gave a huge boost to at-home workout equipment, especially the Peloton bikes. Peloton Vibe is based on the brand but elevates the at-home biking workout into a more well-rounded full-body experience! It is designed in a way to incorporate traditional weight training and also includes muscle recovery, aromatherapy, and music. Peloton Vibe caters to every sense and muscle from start to finish, it is truly a whole vibe.

The bench has a unique multi-position arm that can be moved to work with a variety of exercises. The lower portion stores a set of dumbbells that help expand to a larger range of guided workouts by the Peloton App service. Once you complete your workout, the bench seat and arm surface seamlessly transform into a massage experience. It utilizes built-in massage balls that can rotate and heat up based on your preferences. At-home gym equipment AND at-home spa? I would work out more often simply so I can make the most of the heated massage feature.

Peloton Vibe is focused on a more wholesome experience, it’s recovery features set it apart from all other home workout equipment. “Massage can release muscle tension, prevent injuries, promote faster muscle recovery, improve range of motion and flexibility. People need a massage, not only in need of treatment function, but also sensory enjoyment of environmental atmosphere, in which much equipment currently is lacking. Peloton Vibe has everything for the full experience,” says  Yinyifan Mo.

Unlike other bulky home exercise equipment, Peloton Vibe also doubles up as flexible home furniture so as to blend with the interior setup and not be an eyesore. It plays music and has aromatherapy features that add to the relaxing home ambience even if you are not working out. It has a minimal pill shape and clean design lines with rounded angles. The bench is padded for comfort and the curves ensure the safety of everyone around. The matte black and glossy black combination give it a modern aesthetic, especially the light bar which reflects light in a natural and diffused manner without disturbing the home environment.

Peloton users are loyal to the brand because their design and technology promote fitness by empowering people to be the best versions of themselves anywhere, anytime. Peloton Vibe builds on that and expands its services in a way that is organic to the brand while giving the users a wholesome experience. The redesign elevates the home fitness products to give us more comprehensive equipment that blur the boundaries between exercise, muscle recovery, and overall wellbeing!

Designer: Yinyifan Mo

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