Today marks the Indiegogo campaign launch of the SmartMat. You thought that every single household object and sporting device had already been injected with smartness? Not the yoga mat. Or, at least, not with this much smartness.
SmartMat claims to be “the first comprehensive, portable, AI yoga mat, fit with Bluetooth pressure sensors that track yogis’ alignment/balance and offer real time adjustments seamlessly via SmartMat’s corresponding app for iOS and Android.”
We could all do with real-time adjustment. But are we ready to be get down on our yoga mat, in some tiny corner of our New York garret, and listen to a lady’s dulcet diction discuss our “downward dog?” (This thing hooks up to your phone or tablet.)
SmartMat’s founder Neyma Jahan believes he and his engineers have exercised mind over mat.
He explained: “We built SmartMat because we wanted a way to receive personalized yoga instruction without having to go to an outside class or hire a private teacher. SmartMat synchs with and analyzes each user via a unique calibration process, providing the kind of custom biofeedback once exclusive to private lessons.”
But, wait, I said to Jahan. Doesn’t he fear that yoga teachers will launch staunch, perfectly postured protests? Continue reading >>