Perhaps the pandemic has made you reconsider your gym membership, or perhaps you don’t like working out in the presence of other people. Fortunately, there are a large number of tools and Connected Equipment It can help you exercise well at home. Without proper form guidelines, though, you risk using the wrong muscles for some actions or worse, you could end up hurting yourself. This is why more modern devices such as rhythm movement or Peloton Guide Its purpose is to watch as you exercise and teach you better form. The new Smart Mirror launched today promises to deliver “real-time feedback through form correction as well as speed, timing and feedback on motion” through “Motion Engine Technology”. The company is called Fiture (Future of Fitness, Do You Get It?) and Interactive mirror $1,495 It is just the beginning of its offerings.
Like the NordicTrack Vault Complete and the Mirror owned by LululemonFiture has a screen embedded within a reflective surface. In fact, both the Fiture and the Mirror have a 43-inch screen, although the former is 12 inches high at 68 inches. It’s also a bit wider and thicker than the Lululemon, but surprisingly weighs 10 pounds less. Weighing in at just 60 pounds, the Fiture Width was easy enough for me to lift and move for short distances (but that’s only doing the bend).
At a recent test event, I tried some exercises on the Fiture Mirror. About 200 to 400 exercises will be available at launch, and sessions range from 5 to 60 minutes in length. They cover classes like strength, HIIT, yoga, boxing, Pilates, barre, sculpting the core, and stretching for breaks. 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 devices. Although Peloton allows up to 20 user profiles, Lululemon only supports up to six, and requires a “minimum one-year commitment”. Meanwhile, Fiture allows you to have up to seven users in a single membership and you can subscribe monthly.
Aside from my personal grip on buying hardware with mandatory subscriptions, I can understand recurring charges for services that roll out new content all the time, and Fiture said it’ll be adding new videos each week and that live lessons are in the works.
I’m even more intrigued by the ability to customize the workouts. With the companion app, you can select one of three preset durations (5, 10 or 15 minutes), activity type (HIIT or Strength) and difficulty level. The system generates a range of movements, such as squats, hip joints, lunges, push-ups, and lifts – all of which you can modify by adjusting the duration of each set or the number of repetitions. 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.
Custom workouts won’t have an instructor guide you through the entire session like pre-recorded sessions, but I like the idea of being able to create my own target groups or super groups. Most importantly, the device will still count the number of reps and monitor your form while you do it.
This is the highlight of the Fiture system. It has a camera built into the lower third, and it blends so well into the looking glass that I can only see the sensor from extreme angles. The company includes a cover that magnetically attaches to the mirror so you can cover the camera when not in use. Using 4K video captured from the camera and “Motion Engine” algorithms, the device not only calculates the actors but can also judge your pace. According to Fiture, if you’re flying through your reps, you should consider using heavier weights. If you are moving too slowly during the movement, you should try something lighter.
In the demo, I did about ten upright rows, front and side raises with a pair of 8-pound barbells (which is 10 to 15 pounds lighter than their usual weight). At the start of the set, I sped through the actors, and my pace reflected on the screen, almost at eye level. I slowed down a bit, and achieved what Fiture considered the optimum speed. Reps performed at this pace scored higher, but each movement contributed to the overall workout.
I tried another session that included an Arnold upper press and noticed that some of my reps didn’t count. Helpfully, a diagram appeared at the bottom right of the screen, asking me to straighten my arm when lifting my head. As soon as I started paying attention to this part of the movement, the system started counting my reps again.
Fiture also provides timed groups instead of specific numbers of reps. Another session had me sitting in a chair for a minute, and the mirror only started counting the seconds when it determined I had sunk enough and raised my arms high enough. When I gave up about 58 seconds and stood up, he stopped counting.
The mirror can also detect exercises performed on the ground, such as hip presses, planks, and mountain climbers. It caught fire in about 20 hip presses, and Fiture counted each one. I’ve had a hard time observing the on-screen trainer when doing alternate side bird dogs, but that’s a problem following any flooring exercise video.
At the end of each workout, you will see a summary of calories burned, time spent and also your status on the leaderboard in the app. Fiture will also suggest a follow-up video that stretches normally in order to calm down. You can raise and raise your hand for a few seconds to automatically start the recommended activity, which is very convenient. I’ve tried it a few times and the camera was perfectly accurate in noticing when I raised my arm.
Since the Fiture is not touch-enabled, you’ll mostly interact with it via the companion app, the volume and power buttons on the panel, or by gestures. Voice control is coming, the company said, and will offer you options to pause your workout, for example. Currently, after playing a video from your phone, the app will become a mirror remote control, displaying controls for play, pause, volume, skip sections, and fast forward or rewind in 15-second increments.
I wasn’t able to test this in the demo, but the Fiture also comes with a heart rate tracker that you can install to see your heart performance on the screen. You can also connect a heart rate or Bluetooth-enabled fitness tracker, such as the Apple Watch, and see your pulse on the screen. Currently, Fiture does not offer videos that make use of this information for customized workouts based on real-time cardio performance, but the company said it is looking into this option.
Based on my short time with the Fiture Mirror, I have to say the system appears to be in order – my muscles did sore the next day. In parts of the brightly lit event space, watching the video on screen was a bit tricky, especially when sunlight was streaming directly onto the rooftop. But in every other part of the interior, the screen was clear and easy to read. The background music and the coach’s voice in rehearsals were also loud enough to be heard.
In the fitness mirror space, Fiture is a fairly elegant option. Although it doesn’t come with equipment like resistance bands or weights (you’ll have to use your own exercises or rely on bodyweight exercises), motion detection and form guidance are built into the device. This differs from the Lululemon Mirror, which, outside of live classes, requires additional weights attached to count reps and provide feedback. Tempo Move also requires the use of custom color-coded boards and boards before it can effectively count reps.
Best of all, for someone like me who lives in a small studio, Fiture’s small footprint is very attractive. It’s also one of the best looking smart mirrors, and it comes in five colors. But before you spend $1,500 on a Fiture mirror, I’d recommend waiting until we can do more real-world testing to see if it’s worth the big money.
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