According to CEO Eric Chuang, there is a mix of six different sensors in the new straps that allow them to track heart rate, cardio burns, and wearer movements, the latter of which are then compared to those of the trainer on the go. screen. during a session. Previously, the motion matching system was limited to one-sided wrist / arm movements, but the straps will allow you to track leg exercises like lunges and more accurately monitor complex arm routines like boxing. It is reminiscent of multi-position tracking sensors that Moov offers, although the application of this company is more focused on training and activity coaching than on fitness improvement.
Currently, Wondercise’s training videos and classes focus on yoga, tai chi, HIIT, strength training, and similar exercises. The company plans to add more over time, which involves tweaking its motion tracking algorithms to accommodate the movements that are integral to new routines (the way you move while you practice yoga is a little different than when you sweat in a HIIT class). But whether you’re using the company’s fitness band, an Apple Watch SE, or a Garmin watch, it will connect via Bluetooth with the new bands to the Wondercise app so you can learn more about your exercise posture.
The combined hardware-and-software approach to on-demand shaping isn’t new, but Wondercise’s focus on shape might attract those who want hard evidence that they’re working well (instead of assuming that ‘they do this while following orders from an on-screen trainer). But it also helps that Wondercise is quite affordable compared to other home workout services. VIP access to the service costs $ 5 per month or $ 35 per year (about half the cost of Apple Fitness +) and integration with Apple Watch and Garmin devices – wearable devices that many already own – means that more people can try the service without investing in expensive additional hardware.
While Wondercise has yet to release pricing information for its new sensors, we do know that they will be available in a two-pack when they launch later in Q1 2021.