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This Smart Home Gym Is The Future Of Fitness

JaxJox, which makes a smart personalized home gym that uses AI to track and improve your performance and give you a wellness score, just scored itself. The Seattle-based fit tech company announced today that it has raised $10 million to bring its JaxJox “interactive fitness studio” to market.

The company also announced an exclusive retail partnership with Best Buy, and customers can get the fitness studio installed by Best Buy’s Geek Squad.

The system consists of a 43” touchscreen TV that can display fitness classes as well as data about your performance. The screen rotates both horizontally and vertically, and tilts if you’re doing floor exercises. Crucially, however, JaxJox isn’t just about cardio: the system has integrated smart dumbbells and a smart kettlebell — both configurable for different weights — that also report performance data. There’s also a “smart push-up device” and a vibrating, massaging foam roller.

All integrate with Apple’s HealthKit and will integrate with GoogleFit in a few months.

“The InteractiveStudio is the first home gym that includes connected free-weight equipment with AI performance tracking and interactive live and on-demand coaching for a personalized workout experience,” the company says. “Interactive Studio has a substantially richer training experience with personalized, real-time data including repetitions, power and a proprietary Fitness IQ score.”

That Fitness IQ score is generated by AI, the company says, and includes data on peak and average power, heart rate, workout consistency, steps, body weight, and the fitness level you’ve chose to attain.

“Beyond fitness-tech products, my vision is to close the gap between fitness and health,” says JaxJox CEO Stephen Owusu. “By monitoring performance metrics and using AI, we can give users a more holistic view of their health and provide recommendations on improving their wellbeing. We know working out is only one aspect of wellness and will continue to enhance our platform to provide an unparalleled experience.”

This type of home gym, that enables smart workouts either solo or with others — JaxJox has a gym friends feature that lets you work out with a few friends — is the future of home fitness. Along with a few other video-centric competitors (notably Peloton, which of course lacks the weights component) something like this feels like the future of gyms.

At least for those of us who aren’t planning to return to a public gym anytime soon.

I asked Owusu for a few more details via email:

John Koetsier: How close is the full hardware/software package to release?

Stephen Owusu: The InteractiveStudio will be released by the end of this year.

Koetsier: Is there a vision to eventually add a cycle and/or treadmill? Would you build it yourself or integrate with existing players?

Owusu: We always look for opportunities to simplify a consumers experience and allow them to integrate other fitness tech into our platform. That way they can bring all their data to one centralized location.

The Smart Toothbrush That Always Gives Me a Fresh-From-the-Dentist Clean Is on Sale

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I’m going to be honest: Early on in quarantine, my tooth-brushing habits definitely took a beating. My usual twice-a-day brushing quickly turned into once-a-day. When you don’t have to formally get ready in the morning, it’s just so easy to skip the all-important cleaning routine — that is, unless you have a toothbrush that rewards you for using it. 

Hum by Colgate’s Smart Electric Toothbrush, which is currently 30 percent off for Amazon Prime Day, is the latest cleaning gadget that’s going to make brushing, dare we say, fun? It did so for me, and it got me back to brushing twice a day—not only because I’m able to earn points, which I can eventually use to purchase things like a replacement brush head, but because the smart toothbrush gives me that fresh-from-the-dentist clean every time I use it, sans sitting in the dentist’s chair for 30-plus minutes.

RELATED: All of These Smart Home Gadgets Are on Sale During Amazon Prime Day

When I first got my toothbrush in the mail, I was instructed to download the Hum by Colgate app on my phone and connect it via Bluetooth. Once it’s set up, there’s the option to choose guided brushing, where the app shows you the exact areas you should be brushing and for how long; you can also just brush on your own. Either way, the app will reward you (two points for the former, one for the latter) and show you how much surface area your brushing covered. I currently average 99 percent coverage on my own—but I only became such a thorough brusher because I started off with guided brushing. 

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To buy: $60 (was $85); amazon.com.

The Hum by Colgate smart toothbrush uses powerful sonic vibrations that can be adjusted to suit your liking: There are normal, sensitive, and deep clean settings. I usually go for the normal setting in the morning and then deep clean in the evening. There’s also a timer that makes sure you stick it out for the full two minutes. Usually $85, Amazon Prime members can scoop it up for just $60 during Prime Day. (But the deal is only good today, October 13!)

The Hum by Colgate brush was my foray into the electronic toothbrush world, and I’m certainly not disappointed. In fact, I don’t think I’ll ever go back to my boring old toothbrush ever again.

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