In recent years, numerous fitness drone prototypes were created that could encourage people to implement physical exercise into their daily lives.
According to the WHO, worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975. In 2016, more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight. Of these over 650 million were obese. Drones could help fight obesity in a fun way.
This fitness drone was created by the Exertion Games Laboratory at RMIT University in Melbourne in 2012. The drone was designed to challenge and motivate runners of all levels, like a companion.
The Joggobot follows the runner by focusing on a special T-shirt they wear marked with orange and blue squares. Unfortunately, the Joggobot works only for straight running paths; hence, it is not suitable for more dynamic runs.
Another fitness drone was developed by students at Hongik University in South Korea in 2020. Traverse, similarly to the Joggobot serves as a personal trainer for runners.
However, compared to Joggobot, Traverse has improved features. The drone monitors the speed, performance and technique of the runner and corrects the runner’s posture.
When will fitness drones become commonplace?
Currently, most drones in the fitness industry are used for creating video footage. Drone videos can help professional sports teams to improve their tactics and technique. Although the hobby fitness drones are only prototypes at this time, due to the growing demand fitness drones will soon be available for hobby sports as well.