Best Smart Equipment Systems For Your Home

Staying at home these last few months has sparked a serious boom in demand for at-home fitness equipment. To be sure, there are a number of high-tech players in the at-home equipment game that have a possibility to disrupt the gym industry — or at least make working out so much more convenient!

Pursuitist examined some of the latest in smart home fitness technology, equipment, and apps and narrowed the field to our top five favorites. Here, we list them in ascending order:

 

 

Tonal ($2995 + monthly subscription) is a “weight machine” that uses digital weights in a compact gym that extends from a mounted touch screen with a built-in coach. It replaces your personal trainer at the gym by putting one, on-demand, in your own home, offering real-time feedback as well as compact design. Tonal, which uses electromagnetics to create combined resistance, mounts on your wall — but keep in mind that you’ll need to have a wall appropriate for installation.

 

 

Stationary Bike

A stationary bike is the best exercise machine for home exercise. If you want to lose your fat calorie a daily basis you buy a recumbent bike to lose weight smartly. Most of us smart persons buy stationary bikes to keep their bodies fit. If you have any idea about stationary bikes you may read this guide to gather your beginner knowledge.

Fight Camp Boxing ($1219 + monthly subscription) is a free-standing bag, workout mat, and glove set that makes any space a boxing ring. This smart home gym equipment comprises an in-home boxing bag, guided workout classes, and smart boxing gloves with sensors inside that tell users how hard they’re hitting and how many jabs and punches they actually landed. Fight Camp Boxing has an impressive roster of boxing coaches leading virtual classes and its punch trackers measure punches thrown, speed, and punch output.  It also gamifies your boxing workout by using your stats to beat your own personal records.

 

 

Hydrow Connected Rower ($2245 + monthly subscription) allows you the feel of the river in the comfort of your own home. This piece of smart home rowing equipment has an ultra-smooth electromagnetic computer controlled drag system. With it, you can stream high-energy rowing workouts on-demand as well as mat workouts. A swivel display makes it easy to watch the screen during your floor workout, and two wheels on front make it easy to move when you need to store it away.

 

 

The Mirror ($1495 + monthly subscription) is a full-length mirror and LCD screen that offers hundreds of cardio, strength-training, yoga, boxing, pilates, and barre exercises with a very small physical footprint. It hangs on your wall and provides instructor led, live on-demand classes. This interactivity is one of the best features of this smart home gym machine, added to the fact that the mirror allows you to keep an eye on your own form during your workout. And its slim design is the ultimate space saver!

 

 

The Peloton Bike ($2245 + monthly subscription) is an indoor-spin bike with adjustable seat and handle bars that capitalizes on the popularity of the boutique spin-class boom. But Peloton’s monthly subscription comes with unlimited classes, and not just for cycling. While its price is a commitment to making fitness a priority in life, Pelton brings out its riders’ competitive side, with an app that tracks improvement while monitoring resistance, cadence, and output. We love its smooth quiet ride, and give this one bonus points for its TV-sized touchscreen display, but the very best part may be the challenging new workouts added every day.

This article was originally published on Pursuitist. Republished by permission. 

Q&A with New Travel Social Platform CEO LeAnn Campas

Travevel is a new platform that combines the familiarity and interactivity of a social platform with user generated content focused on travel, tourism, exploration and adventure. Travevel’s interactive platform is ad-free and filled with user-generated image and video travel content, including an interactive map. Here’s what CEO LeAnn Campas has to say about the future of travel and social media’s role.

 

Q. Why are travel and social media so synergistic? 

 

A. Social media is visual and there are few things more visually interesting than travel images and videos. The two were made for each other. Additionally, the vast majority of us put more weight on personal experiences, and there is no better way to share our adventures, explore others’ experiences and interact with them than through a social platform.

Q. Does Travevel lend itself more to user-generated content (UGC) than some other genres and if so why?

 

A. UGC always carries more weight and credibility to consumers than any form of paid content and we have seen growing frustration from users of other platforms as to the aggressive amount of ads they are seeing, which has a negative impact on the user experience.  With Travevel, our mission is to focus on authentic content from personal users.  While business user accounts will be a part of the platform, the content they upload cannot be branded or watermarked, nor can they pay any additional fees for their content to be prioritized or shown in a different manner than individual user content.  We want to ensure that the user has full control over what they see and how they interact with not only other users, but businesses as well.

 

Q. What is it like launching a travel-oriented social media platform during a worldwide pandemic that has brought the travel industry to its knees? 

 

 

A. There is no question that this is a challenging time to develop and launch Travevel, however, we have found there to be some benefits to the timing.  Through speaking with other travelers worldwide who have had severe restrictions placed on their movements and activities, we have seen even more enthusiasm about future travel not only from frequent travelers, but from those who didn’t have any plans pre-pandemic.  A very large number of people have been actively researching and exploring new destinations to escape this new, and drastically different normal. Travevel is a platform that helps users plan now for travel later.

 

Q. Will COVID-19 change the future of travel even after a vaccine? What are the positives and negatives that will come out of this for the travel industry? 

 

A. Based on the dramatic increase in activity we have seen in the last few months as more destinations started to open, I feel the only thing that will prevent a return to normal levels next year will be limitations on air transportation and rolling travel restrictions across the globe.  Being shut in for so long has certainly seemed to increase interest in travel and new experiences, which should greatly benefit the industry.  The main negative long-term will be transportation and occupancy based.  It may take some time to see the effects of reduced airline routes combined with destinations operating a reduced occupancy.  Unfortunately, at least in the short-term, employees will bear the brunt of these decreases.

 

Q. What are some destinations you recommend right now for Americans based on COVID-19 restrictions and protocols and all the headwinds associated with them.

 

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A. While it is difficult to put together a list, there are so many amazing National parks and outdoors destinations close to home, no matter where you live.  Internationally we have been very impressed with the protocols and restrictions imposed by Jamaica since the country reopened in July.  Requiring a negative COVID test, designating a tourism corridor and mandatory masking in public areas have been very effective, and to date, they haven’t had any cases by guests or staff at resorts.  We have visited four times since July and have always felt safe.  Many countries are now reopening to tourism with a wide range of protocols in place from Mexico with no testing or authorization required, to others where a negative test is required as little as 48 hours prior to arrival in addition to travel authorizations, mandatory insurance.  From our personal viewpoint, we prefer to travel to an area with well thought out, and in some cases, challenging safety protocols.  These are interesting times for travel and we strongly encourage others to visit destinations that make you feel safe and comfortable based on your personal situation.

 

Q. What will travel look like in 2021?

 

A. There is certainly no shortage of people wanting to get away.  The struggle will be finding available space in both transportation and lodging because of reduced routes and capacity.  These transportations challenges could very well lead to a dramatic increase in weekend trips to parks, beaches and other outdoor attractions close to home.

 

Q. Any tips for travelers in 2021 and beyond?

 

A. Be flexible, be patient, and be understanding.  The entire world has changed and everyone is still figuring things out.

 

culinary appliances

Culinary Comforts—Best Kitchen Appliances 2020

If your personal preference is centered on design and style, or on food and entertainment, here’s our list of the top high-end culinary brands that will suit your preferred lifestyle.

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Live, and dine, in luxury with these incredible kitchen appliance brands, as Pursuitist presents the Best Kitchen Appliances for 2020:

Bertazzoni. Italians are renowned for their passionate love of food. Bertazzoni continues that tradition, as a fifth-generation, family-owned Italian manufacturer of high-end kitchen products. The company’s products include free-standing ranges, built-in cooktops, ventilation hoods and other design-coordinated accessories.

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Gaggenau. Gaggenau is the world’s preeminent brand of high-performance restaurant-grade cooking technology for the modern home. Specializing in cutting-edge, built-in home appliances, its sleek portfolio includes ovens, gas, electric and induction cook-tops, ventilation, dishwashers, modular refrigeration and freezer columns and wine storage units. Gaggenau also produces specialty appliances such as steamers, grills and deep fryers, and the Asian-influenced Teppan Yaki – all crafted for the luxury American kitchen.

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La Cornue. Each Château and each Cornuchef is assembled by hand and by one person; this person will follow production through to the end and finalize every last detail. Each kitchen range is monitored, controlled and tested at all the stages of production. Even if you happen to be the Queen of England, you will have to wait at least two months for your Château La Cornue. The superior ranges simply cannot be made any quicker. For three generations, La Cornue has loved and served cuisine in the same way as a stringed-instrument craftsman loves and serves music. La Cornue cultivates an ideal of excellence.

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Dacor. Working together to redefine the modern kitchen, the Dacor family has produced an impressive array of industry firsts. Patented features abound throughout their full line of cooking appliances. Features like an infrared gas broiler inside an electric oven, a Pure Convection system for even heat distribution, a Butterfly Bake Element for an extraordinary traditional bake, and extra-large Dacor Greats that simplify cooking with large pots and pans.

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Miele. Each Château and each Cornuchef is assembled by hand and by one person; this person will follow production through to the end and finalize every last detail. Each kitchen range is monitored, controlled and tested at all the stages of production. Even if you happen to be the Queen of England, you will have to wait at least two months for your Château La Cornue. The superior ranges simply cannot be made any quicker. For three generations, La Cornue has loved and served cuisine in the same way as a stringed-instrument craftsman loves and serves music. La Cornue cultivates an ideal of excellence.

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Viking. In spite of its tremendous growth and success, Viking Range Corporation remains essentially the same entrepreneurial company it was at its inception. This small, close-knit company culture serves Viking and its customers well, and greatly contributes to the company’s ongoing growth and success. By carefully preserving this unique, creative and stimulating environment, and through offering only the very finest, highest quality products, Viking plans to continue its aggressive growth and expansion to further increase its already strong presence in the worldwide major appliance and related culinary lifestyle industries.

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Sub-Zero Refrigeration. For 60 years, Sub-Zero has offered innovative, aesthetically appealing and technologically advanced solutions to meet virtually any home refrigeration need. Through foresight and responsiveness, the company has earned its position as an industry leader – a position Sub-Zero intends to maintain well into the new millennium.

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GE Monogram. GE has been a leader in American manufacturing for years, gaining a corporate reputation for unmatched reliability and innovation in their products. Their Monogram line consists of their premier professional-grade products, from refrigerators to cooking appliances and everything else you can dream up for your kitchen. Should you ever take issue with a Monogram product, GE employs a nationwide fleet of vans and repairpeople to provide prompt service on your appliance.

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Thermador. Thermador has been at the forefront of cooking technology for more than seven decades, fusing state-of-the-art performance with classic design to satisfy the most demanding culinary enthusiasts. From introducing the first built-in wall oven almost 50 years ago, to revolutionizing gas cooktops with the patented Star Burner, Thermador’s innovations have helped to transform the kitchen from a mere workplace into the social and entertaining center of the modern American home.

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Wolf. For more than 70 years, Wolf has been synonymous with professional cooking equipment for restaurants and hotels. Now, as part of Sub-Zero, the Wolf line has been adapted for the serious in-home cook. With their superior performance and leading-edge design, Wolf instruments fuel a passion for cooking.

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Bosch. Also for 70 years, the beauty of Bosch exterior design is how well it blends with your kitchen decor. Their integrated system allows you to match the dishwasher to your cabinets, complementing the entire look of your kitchen with ergonomically-designed controls are at your fingertips.

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Jenn-Air. This company creates luxury appliances that are more than a facet of your kitchen, they make your house more of a home. Ranked #1 for the last four years in their creation of built-in refrigerators, Jenn-Air will never fail to impress guests in your home.

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AGA. Aga has nearly a century of experience of enriching kitchens around the world. The Classic Aga Range employs cast iron construction and energy efficient heating, which combine to offer a truly unique cooking experience. Available in a variety of enameled colors; Aga ranges offer tremendous design flexibility. Now enhanced with complementary undercounter refrigeraton Aga continues to redefine upscale kitchen design coupled with professional cooking prowess.

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And that concludes our list of the best luxury kitchen appliances for 2020. What culinary brand, from refrigeration to cooking, do you own? Share this on social and add your favorite brands!

Travel Timepieces

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Less Is More With GoPro’s New Hero4 Session

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Hybrid Bikes

Hybrid Bikes Are Now As Stylish As They Are Functional

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One Man’s Trash…

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Why walk when you can Citysurf?

 

If your MINI isn’t mini enough for you, you’re in luck

 

MINI introduced their newest concept in urban mobility, the all-electric MINI Citysurfer Concept to a crowd of journalists at the LA Auto Show today.

An auxiliary transportation concept that is designed to help people navigate crowded urban environments, the Citysurfer makes it both easy and fun to get around town if you have a long way to travel between your parking space and your office or shopping destination.

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High Tech Hotels

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As the tech boom continues to roll on, the hotel industry has gotten in the game, offering guests the latest and greatest gadgets, amenities and conveniences. Continue reading

Blending In

 

It is such a mainstay we almost no longer notice it, but every kitchen needs one: a blender. It slices! It dices! It comes in thousands of versions with thousands of prices! Consumer Reports and Good Housekeeping are excellent resources to whittle down the herd, but only to a point. Continue reading