I got workout tips from an AI fitness coach, and it feels like the future of athletic performance tech

In the corner of a jam-packed Barcelona conference center, I probably looked a bit unusual. While other smartly-dressed MWC 2024 attendees shuffled past me, otherwise chatting amiably, buried in their phones, or ogling the latest technology, I received at least several weird looks. That’s because I was sprinting on the spot and sprinting hard, trying to pull my knees higher each time, despite the fact I was dressed in jeans and flat-soled vans. 

A camera was in front of me, linked to a mirror-length smart display guiding me through a few simple workout drills. I had to run on the spot, jump from side to side, and execute a single squat jump. There was also a “pop the bubble as fast as you can” Xbox Kinect-style cognitive reaction game played on the smart display’s touch-screen. 


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