Exercising can be a lot of work and a real drag - especially when you're not especially interested in the process. If you don't know what you're doing, it can even be embarrassing or dangerous going to the gym. That's why it's so important to make sure you have the right exercise plan and motivation. Everyone needs a little bit of help from time to time, whether that be from an online coach or a personal trainer. With the right support, it can be liberating to get into an exercise routine that is tailored to your body and goals. TION Care is a great way to build confidence while having fun.
TION Care is a fully immersive exercise experience. Using projection mapping and motion sensors, the system is able to create and track exercise routines specifically for the user. This type of experience can make the process of working out more fun and rewarding because of the gaming atmosphere.
During our demo, Daniele was able to experience a series of games guided by the projections on the walls and floor. For example, when the game wanted her to do squats. it set concentric circles on the floor for her to stand on. Then, it projected guidance on the walls in front of and beside her. These guides showed her the proper motion, as well as the pacing at which to move.
In another example, she was tasked with running in place and then in motion. The system projected the starting location on the floor, as well as a path for her to follow. She briefly jogged in place before the system had her follow the path on the floor. At the end of the track, the system showed her how well she had done and moved her on to the next exercise.
Clearly, because of its size and scale, TION Care is not designed to be used in the home. However, there are a lot of environments where it would be perfect. For example, it could be implemented in a modern gym looking to stand out in a crowed industry. Rather than always offering human guided classes, the gym could put the class room to use during down time by implementing the computer led training.
It could also fit well into certain healthcare facilities, such as rehab centers. The guided system could be of benefit to those recovering from a variety of surgeries, such as knee replacement. The TION Care system can track motion to ensure movements are correct, and detect if mistakes are being made. Mistakes, in this case, could indicate a lack of recovery of a regression in healing. This detection would be more accurate and less subjective than that of a human physical therapist.
The TION Care system is currently available in South Korea with plans to expand. To learn more about the exercise system or to discuss how to implement it in your facility, you can head to the company's website.
Interview by Daniele Mendez of The New Product Launchpad.
Daniele is a software engineer at Lockheed Martin after graduating from Florida Polytechnic University. In High School, she was introduced to the science and technology world through the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), a robotics foundation where students of varying ages can compete through tasks that their robots perform. With help from mentors she met through FIRST, she became interested in programming and developing. Today, Daniele is a special events host for F5 Live: Refreshing Technology and PLUGHITZ Live Presents and a co-host for both The New Product Launchpad and FIRST Looks.
Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.