AI-driven Architecture

23 अप्रैल 2021

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The arrival of modern technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, augmented reality, and more in the health and fitness world has brought a remarkable change in this industry. It has changed the way people used to exercise and keep themselves fit and healthy. Now, a visit to gym or health club is no longer needed to stay fit; these technologies have made it pretty easier to do all those exercises from the comfort of your home. 

Zenia is a popular fitness startup that uses computer vision to develop and deploy an AI-driven fitness trainer. Users can choose from thousands of yoga asanas and do it from the comfort of their home. The AI-based trainer in the app helps them to correct their posture. The company has received huge funding during 2020 that has added to its valuation. 

Aaptiv, the popular fitness startup connects people to a wide range of fitness trainers for home and outdoor workouts. Users can do the wellness sessions provided by trainers on their own without the need for equipment. In short, the app offers a no-equipment workout. Each one of Aaptiv's thousands of workouts, which span every type of exercise and a wide variety of activities, combine the guiding voice of an expert Aaptiv trainer with motivating music. This audio-based format eliminates distractions and provides the flexibility many people require - allowing them to focus on their fitness goals, as it suits them. 

Tonal, the home fitness startup raised a huge sum of $110 million in its latest round of funding. The startup received this funding from the existing investor L Catterton and the new investors Mousse Partners, Delta-v Capital and Amazon’s Alexa Fund along with renowned athletes Michelle Wie, Paul George, Bobby Wagner, and Stephen Curry. With this funding, Tonal’s total funding has reached up to $200 million.Tonal is a home fitness application that focuses on training users smartly. Users can choose a coach-led workout, make their own workout, track their progress and achieve fitness goals. Digital weights,  170 moves with one equipment and adjustable arms are some of the key features of this app. 

Freeletics, the digital fitness firm provides tools to promote and offer mindset coaching, mental strength, confidence, and physical fitness among people. The fitness app uses artificial intelligence to offer its services. This AI-powered fitness app has secured $25M Series B funding led by U.S.-based JAZZ Venture Partners and Causeway Media Partners, with support from KKCG. Freeletics has more than 48 million users in more than 160 countries. 

The modern fitness apps are facilitating all types of fitness, including yoga, meditation, aerobics and other exercises. This growing popularity and use of fitness applications are one of the biggest reasons that investors worldwide consider them profitable and investing huge money in them. 

Credits : Akhil Handa,Manisha Gawle

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