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Consumer Lifestyle
Published: 6 Jun 2016

Vi: AI Personal Trainer

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Vi, an artificially intelligent personal training device from New York-based wearable tech company LifeBeam, uses a neckband and biosensing earphones to tailor fitness plans to the user, as well as offering real-time coaching via voice commands.

The wearable monitors users' vitals, instantly adapts training suggestions based on users' physiology, checks in between workouts, and monitors the weather to adjust plans accordingly.

The smartphone-linked device can also play music, allow users to answer phone calls hands-free and track activity all day. The accompanying app can be used to set training plans, review progress and customise feedback.

Vi's Kickstarter campaign reached its fundraising goal of $100,000 within 90 minutes of going live, highlighting the growing popularity of fit-tech: Juniper Research expects the fitness wearables sector to grow to $10bn by 2020, up from $3.3bn in 2015. Priced from $179, Vi will ship to first-round backers in December 2016.

For more insight into the opportunities wearable tech is opening up for brands, check out our report from the 2016 Wearable Technology Show. In CES 2016: Personal Electronics, we chart the rising consumer interest in fit-tech, identifying the consumer groups and mindsets driving demand.

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