The ‘smart fitness mirror’ that promises to improve our workouts – BBC News BBC Homepage


Kitti Palmai and Will Smale, Business Journalist May 2, 2022 Photo credit, iFit Image caption A man exercises with a smart fitness mirror For most people, including the most skilled in life in form, the idea of ​​looking in the mirror while exercising is not one of the most appealing. We’re not exactly attractive when we’re sweaty after running on the treadmill or pulling faces to lift weights. But as every gym-goer knows, there’s always someone who likes to admire their reflection in the huge mirrors nailed to the walls. These slimming enthusiasts will probably be most intrigued by the latest trend in the world of home exercise: smart fitness mirrors contain a computer, connect to the Internet and also act as a screen for broadcasting of videos The idea is to connect with an online coach, who appears in the mirror/screen next to your reflection. In more advanced devices, the mirror is equipped with cameras and speakers, so the personal trainer can watch your movements and suggest adjustments and changes. Users can choose between live one-on-one classes or group classes, with a variety of exercises such as weight lifting, pilates. , cardio and yoga. In the simplest mirrors, the video and sound are only one-way: you can see and hear the trainer, but not the other way around. Classes aren’t usually live, but you have access to a library of recorded exercise videos. Image copyright iFit Image caption Smart fitness mirrors allow you to see your reflection and your trainer. The parts, whether it’s the simplest model or the most advanced, usually sell for at least $1,255. Users still have to pay a monthly subscription to access video services. Mirrors, which include touchscreens, are also commonly equipped with various sensors, linked to artificial intelligence that can provide feedback on your movements and suggest improvements. The first such mirror to be sold in the UK was the Vaha. Manufactured by the German company of the same name, it hit the market last year. Competing brands are Tonal, Mirror, NordicTrack, Portl and ProForm. Vaha describes its mirror as a piece that offers “complete and immersive personalized sessions for body, mind and nutrition health.” be able to see you working out? fotoCare OSImage caption There are also smart health mirrors that use sensors to monitor the skin Colleen Logan, vice president of public relations for iFit, the US owner of Nordic Track and ProForm, says that looking in the mirror allows the user to “adjust your form [ou sa position], in order to get the most out of strength training and minimize mistakes that can lead to injury.” admits to having some concerns. “From a psychological point of view, exercising in front of your reflection can provide important feedback, for example about running technique or form of weightlifting,” he says. “It can also appeal to people’s aesthetic motivations for exercise—you can see the muscles in action, and it can be rewarding.” “What I’m concerned about is how they feel people insecure about their body image. about it,” he adds. “This can be a problem for those who are new to exercise and want to make a lifestyle change. “Even among people who exercise regularly, we know that many of them suffer from body dysmorphia or eating disorders and for them seeing a reflection during exercise can be concerning.” is also entering the market: smart wellness mirrors. These are mirrors that use sensors and artificial intelligence to assess a user’s skin and underlying health. French company Care OS makes two such products, designed to replace traditional bathroom mirrors. These pieces use a camera and infrared and ultraviolet light sensors to analyze a person’s skin and temperature and then suggest a series of treatments. User can also access skin care tutorials available through subscription. Violaine Monmarche, co-founder of Care OS, explains that the mirror works with movement and voice control. Photo credit: Care OS Image caption Two women experiment with Care OS’s motion-sensing technology “The bathroom is a place where people tend to hold their hands. wet it or put cream on it, so the mirror doesn’t work with touch – just wave in front of it,” he says. Anoob Pakkar-Hull, specialist in aesthetics and beauty and Harley Street Specialist consultant. London Hospital, says this new technology “has made the famous phrase ‘mirror, mirror, my, is there anyone prettier than me?'” a reality. Captioning the video, When the Dakar Corniche comes to life… He adds: ” Advances in artificial intelligence, augmented reality and facial recognition offer a wealth of opportunities that we should seize to empower people to assess and manage their health at home.” However, Mr Pakkar -Hull says he’s still concerned about precision and the lack of tactile interaction. “Some medical problems require palpation [toucher] Photo credit, Anoob Pakkar-Hull Image Request Dr Anoob Pakkar-Hull says he’s not sure how accurate smart mirrors are. The consultant and psychologist, Dra. Elena Touroni, is also concerned about smart mirrors for fitness and well-being. “For someone who is already focused on perfection and perhaps already sees a lot of ‘flaws’ in their body, these mirrors can end up amplifying these kinds of psychological difficulties,” she says. Video caption: ‘Sport taught me to be strong’ Psychologist Lee Chambers agrees there is a risk of people becoming obsessed with ‘working on perfection’ but adds that smart mirrors ‘have the ability to reinforce health choices and encourage healthy behaviors.” And he adds that the exercise mirror should also be very useful. for people who don’t have time to go to the gym, but still want to receive feedback on their health.
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