At first glance, the SmartMat might seem counterintuitive. Yoga and smartphones aren’t two words that usually go together, and the ancient Hindu practice is typically about unplugging from our ever-distracting world. But that’s not to say technology can’t play a role during detox.
Even though it’s the same size as a traditional yoga mat, the SmartMat is much more than a foamy cushion. With built-in sensors that interact with an iOS or Android app, it provides real-time verbal feedback on workouts through your device. The app also scores you on your poses. The mat runs on a rechargeable battery that lasts for six hours and that can withstand heat up to 110 degrees Fahrenheit—or just north of a typical Bikram class.
If you find yourself wanting to use the gadget as an old-school pad, you can turn off SmartMat’s phone app at any time.
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