Artificial intelligence is beginning to be implemented in many areas of our daily lives. Artificial intelligences are being developed in health, in voice recognition, in Siri or Cortana or in video games, among others. And the world of fitness and nutrition could not be an exception.
There is increasing interest – and more tools at our disposal – to maintain healthy lifestyles. On Instagram, on Twitter and on other platforms, we can find more and more people promoting healthy lifestyles that include physical exercise and good nutrition. And not only that, but we can find professional accounts that help us follow these steps. In addition, we can find an important amount of apps that help us get fit and eat healthy.
But some companies want to go further, and combine the benefits of technology with the benefits of deportation. That is why companies like HealthifyMe are starting to bring to the market an artificial intelligence that carries out this task.
In the case of HealthifyMe they have developed a bot called Ria from the data collected, both from users, nutritionists or personal trainers, through their health and fitness app. Ria keeps a daily control of what we eat and our sports routines. Calculate our caloric needs based on the day and make healthy suggestions.
Ria is, basically, a personal trainer and a nutritionist, with the advantage that, unlike human professionals, this bot can do an up-to-date control of our state, in order to adjust the amount of physical exercise we should do, how we should do it, or the amount of calories we should consume that day.
Ria is not the only artificial intelligence system we can find. The Lifebeam company has developed wireless hearing aids that include an artificial intelligence called Vi. Vi is a virtual trainer that contains biosensors to evaluate our physical conditions and make a real-time analysis of the information. He gives us instructions, keeps track of the progress we have, and also tries to motivate us.
For their part, Technogym and IBM have teamed up to launch a new artificial intelligence system called Watson. They seek to get a virtual trainer as human as possible.
The contribution of this type of artificial intelligences can be really interesting, because they have the possibility to receive information continuously and process it at the same time, being able to give appropriate guidelines for each specific day, as well as avoiding some of the disadvantages of non-individualized apps.
However, no matter how similar they may seem, artificial intelligences are not people, they can not be physically to see us perform the exercises, to control that we are not cheating on the data we provide, so the ideal is to go to a professional as a Personal trainer or a nutritionist and use this type of tools to complement or help them collect data about you and your habits.