Technogym & IBM bring Watson AI to wellness

07 Mar 2017

By: Sport Industry Group

Technogym has teamed up with IBM to build a next generation artificial intelligence-driven cognitive coaching platform.

The goal, according to the fitness technologies’ company, is to create a ‘human-like’ virtual coach able to interact with people using natural language and to offer them personalised training programmes based on their goals. It will also consider context conditions, such as weather, agenda and food intake, in order to enhance a wellness lifestyle.

The integration with IBM Watson’s cognitive computing and IoT technologies will enrich Technogym’s mywellness platform – the cloud based ecosystem providing fitness users with a personalised programme and gathering fitness data accessible from both fitness equipment and mobile. There will also be further capabilities for interacting with the user, managing data and evaluating results thanks to a cognitive coach that will guide users while working out.

Wellness and fitness industry operators and personal trainers will also benefit from the new cognitive coaching platform, giving continued assistance through the virtual coach for their clients when they are travelling or training outside the facility.

“Our goal has always been to offer our users a personalised training experience via connected equipment, services and content capable of interacting with them, understanding their deep motivation and needs, and delivering results,” said Nerio Alessandri, founder and CEO of Technogym. “Our collaboration with IBM represents a further step towards the creation of increasingly customised and engaging training for our clients.”