Mirror's fitness mirror, which debuted in 2018, was a novel, space-saving take on at-home fitness. Since then, other competitors have released their own versions, including NordicTrack and Echelon. The Fiture, a $1,495 interactive connected mirror that delivers real-time form feedback, gestures, voice control, and the option to create bespoke workouts, has joined the fray today.
I recently had the opportunity to inspect the Fiture in person, and it resembles a mirror. It's 43 inches long and 1.3 inches thick, so it's not too bulky. It appears like any other full-length mirror you'd buy at a furnishing store, save from a socket in the back, speakers on the sides, and button controls.
The Fiture, like the Mirror, has a concealed screen that seems like an AR display. The key distinction is that the motion sensor on the Fiture is located on the device's lower half. (There's also a magnetic camera cover for when you're not working out.) You can see your stats, next moves, and a leaderboard on the screen. However, there is no touchscreen in this room. That was a conscious choice, according to Fiture CEO Maggie Lu, to assist eliminate finger smudges.
The mirror's clever motion sensors, according to Lu, recognize over 1,000 different movements from HIIT, strength, boxing, cardio, yoga, and dance. They can also keep track of reps, pace, sets, and time. Feedback works in a unique way as well. You'll get credit for how effectively you "time" the exercises according to the workout's proper tempo, in addition to getting suggestions on perfect form. Some workouts, for example, may require you to hold a position — such as a squat — for a set amount of time.
I was initially sceptical. It's becoming more difficult for newbies to distinguish out in the crowded linked fitness market. Having said that, my in-person Fiture demo pleasantly pleased me. I didn't able to attend the entire session, but I did get to witness the Fiture's patented Motion Engine in action. When I did squats and overhead lifts, it was able to precisely detect and count my motions. The real-time feedback and motions, though, were the most amazing aspect.
Gesture controls are notoriously finicky, with the concept often being better than the execution. Fiture's mirror, on the other hand, was able to recognize when I raised my hand to sign up for a lesson. And, as much as I despise clichéd fitness encouragement, I have to confess that practically high-fiving my instructor was kind of cool because it worked. ANOTHER FEATURE OF THE FUTURE IS THAT IT ALLOWS YOU TO CREATE YOUR OWN WORKOUTS.
Another unique feature is that, in addition to curated workouts, the Fiture also allows you to build your own. Lu demonstrated how to select particular movements from the Fiture collection while leading me through the program. Depending on your current fitness level, goals, and preferences, you may adjust the length of each movement as well as the amount of reps. Most linked fitness devices, on the other hand, pride themselves on curating all of that for you. While this is great for beginners, it can be inconvenient if you're more advanced and want to try your hand at writing your own programs.
The Fiture, like other connected fitness devices, requires a $39 monthly membership. However, unlike Mirror and Tonal, you are not bound into a 12-month contract with this service. This, according to Lu, is so people can be more adaptable with their fitness needs, particularly when it comes to accidents.
The Fiture is priced at $1,495 and is available in five colors: black, teal, blue, gold, and gray. First-time buyers can also enjoy free in-home delivery and installation, as well as accessories like resistance bands and heart rate monitors, for a limited period.