A rug turns into a yoga mat turns back into a rug. Presto change-o, LED-o! Yet another way yoga is integrated with our everyday lives? Tera, an interactive yoga mat/pretty rug is part of a series of “active furniture” created by the award-winning design team of Lunar Europe. When in use, the circular mat, equipped with LED lights and sensors, lights up and responds “intuitively” to movements in tandem with a special Tera app. Based on pressure and body weight shifts the mat can guide the practitioner to do the poses “correctly.” Data can be recorded and then shared with a personal trainer, or yoga teacher, through social media. So sort of like the MIT disco mat but trés chic and way less nerdtastic.
And THIS is JUST the beginning of the yoga mat revolution and their plan to take over the world one home practitioner at a time! Give them a name and now they have BRAINS and think they can control us. Save yourselves!
Basically a “glowing game of Twister,” as Fast Company describes it, when not in use, the mat acts as an accent rug made of “eco-friendly shear wool by premium manufacturer Kvadrat,” that is “wear- and slip-resistent,” though we’re not sure how well it absorbs the sweat smell. (We assume there will be NO at-home hot yoga before company.)
Roman Gebhard, co-founder of Lunar Europe, welcomes the Twister comparison:
“We felt that we wanted to create a truly immersive experience where the user [is] directly in direct touch with the product and not just staring at a screen in the room,” Gebhard explains. “To me the Twister game does have that great immersive and direct experience that pulls you right into the game in a very physical way.”
This double use idea sounds nice in theory but we’re already not cool with people accidentally stepping on our yoga mats let alone inviting a regular stream of foot traffic. Though it’s still in conceptual stages and not on the market yet, it definitely seems like this LED interactivity is where our tech-centric at-home yoga practice is heading.
[Fast Company via Apartment Therapy]