Sticking to a fitness regimen can be difficult, especially when itâ€™s tough to see day-to-day physical progress. Even with fitness apps, step trackers and calorie counters, raw numbers donâ€™t always translate to visible changes in the mirror, and keeping up with â€œprogress picsâ€ is a cumbersome process of ensuring consistent lighting and scouring through your phoneâ€™s photo gallery. Fortunately, a new California-based tech company called Naked Labs is about to make the entire process easier with its Naked 3D fitness tracker, a groundbreaking device that uses depth sensors built in to a full-length mirror to analyze and digitally recreate your body.
The mission of Naked is simple: to motivate behavioral change by helping people visualize progress much faster and more accurately than anything else. â€œI realized that people who saw visible progress were much more likely to stick with a fitness regimen or a diet,â€ says Naked Labs founder and CEO Farhad Farahbakhshian. â€œThe issue was that even though the new gym-goers were making good progress, it was not reflected on a scale or the mirror, and they quickly lost motivation.â€
With Naked and its companion iOS or Android app, users will be able to step onto a rotating scale and have sensors similar to those found in an Xbox Kinect capture 3D data at 30 images per second. With this data, Naked can stitch together the information to create an accurate three-dimensional model of the body. The entire process takes about 20 seconds and can be performed as frequently as every day. No actual pictures are ever taken, and users concerned with privacy can either choose to store their data on an encrypted server in the cloud or locally on their device.
Once their digital selves are loaded into the app, users will be empowered with visual feedback that will help guide their fitness journey. A heat map placed onto the body will show muscle and fat gains or losses, and users will even be able to create a custom time-lapse to see how their body has changed in recent weeks or even months, a feature Farahbakhshian is particularly proud of. â€œImagine being able to see your body change as you train for a marathon, go through a pregnancy or bulk up with more muscle,â€ he poses. â€œYou get a chance to see muscle definition that isnâ€™t visible in the mirror, allowing people who would have never thought of themselves as â€˜strongâ€™ to get a boost of self-confidence.â€
With Naked, anyone will be able to see exactly how their workouts are affecting their body, maintain motivation toward their goals and be proactive in adapting their routine. Seeing minimal muscle gains in their biceps, for example, may tell someone to swap their variation of curls out of their workout for another or take a closer look at their form. Seeing a time-lapse of their abs steadily gaining definition will tell a person that their circuit is working and to keep up the good work. The ability to measure body fat percentage, one of the most important measurements when sticking to a diet, is probably the most exciting; currently, the only way to measure body fat is with tedious calipers or by undergoing a water displacement test.
While Nakedâ€™s feature set sounds like an impossible feat of technology, Farahbakhshian has built a team to ensure that the final product is not only perfectly polished but also fun to use: â€œThe Naked team consists of mechanical, electrical, firmware, software and computer vision engineers who are working at the cutting edge of their fields. There is a lot of interdisciplinary work that goes into creating a product like this, as it requires significant hardware and software integration.â€
Itâ€™s been a long process for the folks at Naked, but when the product finally launches in March 2017, users will be able to track their progress like never before, revolutionizing the caliber of motivation, dedication and, ultimately, results. VT
Story by CHARLIE MEREDITH, Contributing Writer
Photos courtesy of NAKED LABS