These smart glasses became my erratic personal trainer

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As I've written before, JINS' smartglasses are unassuming and normal-looking. In Japan, there are several frame styles to chose from (including the aforementioned running version). The only sign that there's something different here can be found in the arms, where the battery, gyros and Bluetooth radios add some bulk. I'm a regular four-eyes, so wearing them poses no extra burden for me.


7-minute workout apps: I tried 30, here are the best

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The best 7-minute workouts on the planet are the ones you'll actually do. This is what I know for sure after testing out more than 30 of them over the past few months. That and yes, they really do work. Adding in short blasts of high intensity interval (HIIT) training consisting of various strength, cardio, core, and flexibility exercises whenever I have a spare seven minutes in my day, have helped me get stronger, leaner, faster, and to feel better overall. My favorites are all free, though you can subscribe for more features to most of them as well.


These 14 fitness apps can help you get in shape, lose weight, stay fit and get free swag

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Are you too busy to work out? Need reminders to get moving? You want to work out with a trainer but can't afford one in real life? Odds are, you have digital fitness experts right at your fingertips. Regardless of where you are in your workout journey and no matter how little time you have to exercise, the app store on your smartphone is home to thousands of apps that want to be your accountability partner.


You can't nail the perfect squat with just an iPhone app

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With or without weight, it's widely regarded as the best exercise you can do. But one that's easy to get a little bit wrong and ruin all those benefits. So here's Kaia Health's Perfect Squat Challenge app, developed with input from both physiotherapists and sport scientists to help you nail the form. In the company's press release, Maximilian Strobel, Head of Kaia Health's AI Lab said: "Breakthroughs in AI-powered motion tracking and correction technology mean that everyone now has access to a virtual personal trainer and physiotherapist on their iPhone -- and can perfect exercises such as the squat." "Perfect" is a brave word choice -- debate over ideal squat form often reaches yanny-or-laurel levels -- but the app is, still, rather remarkable.


Netflix cuts out the chill with an integrated personal trainer

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The popular video-streaming service has published a detailed instruction guide for making your own Netflix-themed personal trainer. The Netflix Personal Trainer has some of the features you might find in its flesh-and-blood counterpart, and some you definitely won't. According to the company, it "connects to your phone or tablet via Bluetooth and uses an accelerometer to monitor your activity level during your workout." If you start slowing down, "your selected Netflix character will deliver motivational words to keep you going." SEE ALSO: Can you spot all the characters in this Netflix version of a'Where's Waldo' comic?