The Mirror —yes, that is its name — feels like the kind of device you’d see in a science fiction movie that exists to show the audience that it is the future. But the Mirror, a connected, body-length mirrored slab that is actually an internet-connected display that lets you participate in personalized, real-time workouts at home, is very real and very available.
When not in use, the Mirror’s 52 by 22-inch carbon steel frame and dormant display make it look like a regular mirror, albeit thicker than normal at just under an inch and a half. Turn it on, however, and the embedded 40-inch full HD display lights up. (Its viewing angle of 178 degrees means you’ll be able to see the screen no matter how active you get) In addition to the display, the Mirror contains a quad-core processor, stereo speakers, an omnidirectional microphone and a front-facing camera.
Using that tech, the Mirror turns into a full-fledged workout partner. You connect to and control the Mirror with an iOS-only companion app that allows you to select workouts and connect an included Bluetooth heart rate monitor or Apple Watch to the device. You can also use the app to connect with friends who also have a Mirror.
Professional trainers lead live group workouts in everything from yoga to boxing to pilates. You simply follow along like in a normal fitness video. But because it’s a live session, the trainer and your friends can give you shout outs, motivation to keep going when the going gets tough. If you need even more of a personal touch, don’t worry: one-on-one sessions are coming soon.
The onscreen graphics make working out feel like a video game. They display statistics like your current heart rate and calories burned and show where you are in relation to your target heart rate. A proprietary algorithm collects your biometric data over time and tracks your ability to achieve, maintain and recover from target heart rate zones.
It’s heavy, at 70 pounds, but included with every order is what Mirror calls white glove delivery and installation, so don’t worry about having to set it up yourself.
If you’re ready for the workout of the future, be prepared to drop almost 1,500 bucks, plus $39 a month to access unlimited live and archived classes. It’s a steep price to pay, but when you consider how much gyms can cost, the Mirror might just be worth it for those who want the convenience of fitness classes that feel like they’re from the future.