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Because everything is getting “smart” and your ommm is no exception.

I’m leery of nonhuman personal trainers — especially after my Wii Fit trainer kept scolding me for inactivity a few years ago. But a new, intelligent fitness concept from a design firm has even me thinking about getting off the couch more often.

LUNAR Europe designed the TERA fitness mat, a circular carpet that may look humdrum at first glance — but it’s packed with some serious sensors and LED lights.

Meet a totally pimped-out yoga mat for the 21st century.

TERA is designed for doing things like yoga, Pilates or Tae Bo. It’s made from eco-friendly wool and has a mod look that would blend with any contemporary decor. But underneath its sleek good looks are sensors that measure and respond to your body’s movement through pressure. Paired with an app, the TERA acts like a personal trainer as the mat’s soothing LED lights show you how to do each exercise correctly, whether you’re simply stretching or getting your Zumba on.

The mat’s circular shape is designed to fit the natural radius of human motion, and the sensors record your training data, which can be analyzed with the TERA app or shared with a personal trainer via social media. Individualized, high-tech — and aesthetically pleasing.

It’s undeniable that these smart exercise devices are making it easier to stay fit for what could be a lower cost in the long run — all in the privacy and comfort of home.

LUNAR Europe says: “Today‘s home training gear is designed for a professional studio environment” and “feels foreign in our personal space.” That’s a really good point: After all, what would Martha Stewart think of a treadmill in the middle of your living room?

For now, the TERA is only a design concept, so don’t look for it on Amazon quite yet. But it’s an idea that taps into the potential for how to design the things in our homes not only with better form in mind, but also more function.

The design firm is also working on concepts for VELA — a cycle trainer that could be mistaken for an abstract art piece — and NOVA — the classiest climbing wall you’ve probably ever seen.

Having a virtual trainer at home can’t be beat in terms of convenience, even if it’s lacking in the human interaction/motivation department. But it’s undeniable that these smart exercise devices are making it easier to stay fit for what could be a lower cost in the long run — all in the privacy and comfort of home.

And on those lazy days when you need a pass from working out, who’s to stop you from removing the batteries to avoid getting scolded? 

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