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Intelligent Yoga, AI-based instructors, and Intelligent Mats: Futuristic Yoga

Been in a fruitless loop of a conversation about your Cab complaint or a flight refund on a social media platform? Chances are you have been speaking to an AI powered bot employed by the respective cab service provider and airlines to help with some tasks which have the same or similar questions as well as solutions. Worst still, you may be interacting with a fake account. Advanced ML is making the bots seem more and more humanlike by adding nuances which correspond to human behaviour in a very convincing manner and hence these bots are hard to identify. We take a look at ways in which one can identify bots.

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What is the first thing that occurs to you if we were to discuss wellness? Natural therapies, spas, pranic healing, and yoga come to us. What if we tell you AI-assisted Yoga will be the next big thing in wellness? Say hello to Zenia, a Belarus-based start-up which helps make Yoga accessible to all. Zenia is a virtual yoga assistant using ML along with movement recognition tech to guide people through their yoga asanas. The app is designed in a way that it will topple the current regime of video yoga-alongs, which though useful, cannot ensure you are following the instructions right. To perform the asanas correctly is the key to getting the maximum benefit from your daily yoga sessions. Zenia gives step-by-step instructions on the position you must be standing or seated in, and how you must feel doing these asanas. As of now the app caters to basic and mid-level asanas, while more advanced asanas are in the pipeline.

MixPose, is another yoga posture-recognizing app which helps in improving the downward dog and tree pose positions of the users with AI. The San Francisco-based app uses PoseNet pose estimation networks, and with this app the yoga gurus and students can engage remotely on the basis of the AI pose estimation.

Sofia, another AI-based personal yoga instructor comes with a voice assistant that helps improve your postures as you perform your asanas. The ace up its sleeve is real-time pose recognition which makes using Sofia an interactive experience. You can move on to the next step of the asana upon finishing the previous one correctly. Sofia comes with yoga playlists designed at tackling health issues for a customized experience. It is aimed at helping the obese, those who are working from home due to Covid, those with busy schedules who are unable to visit a gym or other fitness classes, and those suffering from migraine, insomnia, and asthma.

While there are apps galore for Yoga, why must equipment be far behind? wellnesys has come up with YogiFi, an intelligent yoga mat developed with inputs from yoga experts. Like others, it gives step-by-step instructions and gives posture corrections recommendations in real-time. The mat helps you analyse your strength, endurance, flexibility and balance after each session. One can also check their pre and post-workout vitals. What’s next one wonders? They will soon be coming up with YogiFi Pro, delivering immersive experiences as you perform your asanas. This one engages all the senses resulting in better relaxation and targets holistic healing of the user. It will have visual, audio, smell, and touch elements embedded into the mat.

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wasim basir

marketing, board member

It’s most obvious in the digital media space, from click buys to personalized web experiences. For marketing, the AI journey has just kick-started, while in the tech sector it has been applied for a while now. We are still at an early stage where inroads are being made into AI content via chatbots and even some explanatory content creation but what will make anyone jump up and embrace it is when we will start seeing a lot of mainstream content being created by AI.

rich arnold

board member

Prior to joining Infinite Analytics, Richard served as the CFO of CrowdFlower, COO and CFO of Phoenix Technologies, as a member of the board of directors and chairman of the Audit Committee at Intellisync, and previously as CFO and executive vice president strategy and corporate development at Charles Schwab.

pravin gandhi

board member

Pravin Gandhi has over 50 years of entrepreneurial operational and investing experience in the IT industry in India. He was a founding partner of the first early stage fund India - INFINITY. Subsequently a founding partner in Seedfund I & II. With over 18 years of investing experience, he is extensively well networked in investment and entrepreneurial scene and is an active early stage angel investor in tech & impact space. Pravin holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Cornell University, and serves on the board of several private corporations in India. He is on the board of SINE, IIT Mumbai Incubator.

Purushotham Botla

co-founder & cto

Puru has his Masters in Engineering and Management from MIT. Prior to MIT, he worked with Fidelity Investments building electronic trading products and high volume market data processing applications. He has completed his BE from VJTI, Mumbai.

deb-roy

Deb Roy

Executive Director, MIT Media Lab

Deb Roy is Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT where he directs the MIT Center for Constructive Communication, and a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School. He leads research in applied machine learning and human-machine interaction with applications in designing systems for learning and constructive dialogue, and for mapping and analyzing large scale media ecosystems. Deb is also co-founder and Chair of Cortico, a nonprofit social technology company that develops and operates the Local Voices Network to surface underheard voices and bridge divides.

Roy served as Executive Director of the MIT Media Lab from 2019-2021. He was co-founder and CEO of Bluefin Labs, a media analytics company that analyzed the interactions between television and social media at scale. Bluefin was acquired by Twitter in 2013, Twitter’s largest acquisition of the time. From 2013-2017 Roy served as Twitter’s Chief Media Scientist.

Erik Brynjolfsson

Board Member

Erik Brynjolfsson is the Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Professor and Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI (HAI), and Director of the Stanford Digital Economy Lab. He also is the Ralph Landau Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), Professor by Courtesy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford Department of Economics, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

Akash Bhatia

Co-Founder and CEO

Akash co-founded IA while studying for his MBA from MIT. Prior to MIT Sloan, he co-founded Zoonga. Before this, Akash was an engineer with Oracle in Silicon Valley. He has completed his M.S from University of Cincinnati and B.E from the College of Engineering, Pune.