Welcome to the thirty-ninth instalment of our weekly series: The Kings of Kickstarter. From ping pong robots to coffee making alarm clocks,  our last Kings brought some serious design to the Roundtable. As per usual, NUBI has procured 5 Kings (and of course one Jester) and presented them below.  Ranked in descending order, only one can claim the title of Supreme Overlord.

#5. Vi. – LifeBEAM

“Meet Vi, an AI personal trainer who lives in biosensing earphones.”


Paying for a gym membership is the easy part, actually using it is another story entirely. So, how about a Personal Trainer? Yes it’s more expensive, but at least you’ll use them – that’s money you can’t afford to waste! Both these options are still too expensive for some people though, not to mention restrictive if you want to work out at 4AM. So, what about an AI personal trainer?

Vi. is the Kickstarter creation from wearable tech developers LifeBEAM, and is basically beaming Cortana from Halo DIRECTLY INTO YOUR MIND.

Maybe I’m being a little hyperbolic, but Vi. is extremely intelligent; she monitors your heart rate, elevation, weather, speed, and cadence, not to mention your anatomy and training history. In fact, she learns more about you each time you exercise, pushing you further with real-time coaching, creating long term training plans as well as aiding your short term goals.

Communication with Vi. is key and she has a vast bank of responses to use as she further familiarises herself with your voice over time. It’s basically like Rocky meets Her.

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