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SmartMat's technology tells you how and how long to hold your yoga pose. (Photo: Peter Bryant)

The SmartMat

Yoga just entered the digital age.

yoga SmartMat Tech Outside downward dog prana yogi
Peter Bryant(Photo)

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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. 

SmartMat Outside Yoga downward dog practice fitness computer
(courtesy of SmartMat)

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. 

$447 (pre-order $297),