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Vi, a Voice-Activated AI Trainer App, Launches

LifeBEAMS new artificial intelligence-powered fitness trainer provides personalized coaching through biosensing earphones.
Posted Apr 17, 2017
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LifeBEAM Labs, a provider of artificial intelligence-powered wearable technologies, has released Vi, a voice-activated AI personal trainer built into biosensing earphones.

Vi adapts to the user's behavior, environment, and physiology to deliver tailored, real-time coaching that makes workouts more fun, motivating, and effective.

"Vi is not like anything people will have heard or seen before. She is a listening, talking trainer that is aware of a person's surroundings, physiology, and activities, inside and outside of workout sessions," said Omri Yoffe, CEO of LifeBEAM, in a statement. "Our vision is to build the best AI companion for body and mind. The natural first step was delivering an amazing voice-centric running experience, but we are already exploring opportunities to bring Vi to other devices and health and wellness settings."

Vi was designed with a human voice powered by hundreds of thousands of audio recordings. Vi doesn't just repeat phrases but converses with users, even going so far as to ask if she's pronouncing their names correctly.

Vi's functionality is also triggered by voice commands. For example, if the user asks, "Vi how am I doing?" the system will give an update of current stats, while "Vi step to the beat" will trigger her cadence coaching capabilities.

Vi sits inside state-of-the-art earphones that provide her with a wealth of biometric and environmental data. The advanced biosensing earphones also have an array of sensors, such as heart rate, motion, posture, speech enhancement, elevation, touch, and more. Vi even knows her user's location and weather conditions.

Vi tracks the user's cadence, heart rate, calories, speed, steps and distance, but goes beyond just monitoring stats. She pulls data from a wealth of sources to provide personalized coaching and feedback based on progress and goals. She connects with multiple third-party apps such as Google Fit, Apple HealthKit, and Strava, to understand the user's behavior and health levels outside of her training sessions and combines this information with real-time environmental and physiological data to change her training insights on the fly.

She even integrates with Spotify and can suggest running playlists based on the user's tastes.

Vi supports a wide range of users, from beginners to marathon runners. Vi uses audio cues to improve running cadence, keeping users within the right effort zone and adjusting their pace to help them meet time, distance, or fitness targets.

With Vi, users can also make and receive calls at any time and listen to their favorite music.

Setting up Vi can be done in seconds through voice-activated onboarding. Using the Vi companion app, Vi's earphones connect with iOS and Android devices through Bluetooth and BLE connectivity. Vi uses smartphone GPS during workouts to map routes, and the Vi companion app displays visual progress during and after workouts and provides an interface to set goals, review progress, and customize Vi.

Vi is retailing for $249.


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