Ergatta’s Connected Rowing Machine Gamifies Fitness

An at-home workout system programmed with games that tap into your competitive spirit

The equipment we use to exercise will always emphasize function first and foremost. Designers tasked with defining forthcoming machines’ aesthetics contend with trainers and therapists regarding how to best integrate a design style without interfering with range of motion or desired results. There’s also the challenge of square footage—ways to make room for other machines or to hide equipment in spaces sometimes dedicated to other …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Lou Reed on Yeezus, Ikea refugee shelters, blind photography and more in our look at the web this week

1. Ron Arad In Reverse Israel’s talented designer Ron Arad recently opened a new exhibit at the Design Museum Holon (which he also designed in 2010) called “In Reverse.” Inspired by his love for metal, the series explores the physical characteristics of automobiles—primarily Fiats—put under pressure. Arad explains this is about the shift of physical and digital states, but in reverse. Instead of turning one …