The Platoon Profile
If you’re a fitness buff with an eye on technology, you are probably already familiar with the Pack, the company behind an inventive touch screen exercise bike, which first came to light via crowdfunding in 2013. Last year, the CES Platoon turned heads with the announcement of the first commercial-grade bike designed for use in gyms, hotels and country clubs, among other public places).
This year, Platoon, the big news is even bigger. The company has introduced the Platoon of the Tread, that is actually exactly what you would expect — a treadmill with a large touchscreen designed for use with live-streaming fitness classes, just like in the Peloton Bikes. At CES, Digital Trends’ Jake Rossman spoke with Peloton’s founder and CEO John Foley about the Tread.
“The Tread is an extension of the Peloton Bike,” says Foley. “It is our second-ever product release … The Bike allows [users] to the high-energy, instructor-led group cycling classes from home, while the Tread can you high-energy, instructor-led boot camp circuit workout classes from home.” Foley calls the deck “the best treadmill ever built” — a bold assertion, but the Bike has become a cult hit, inspiring riders to bikes fitness instructors and trainers, and he sees the same kind of potential in the Tread.
At 32 inches diagonally, the Belt screen is twice as big as the Bike and the bottom of the screen is actually a front-facing soundbar, which the Platoon deployed because much of the Tread of the lessons, users will have to step out of the device, and you can participate in various types of exercise — something you can’t do easily with a pair of headphones is connected. That is also the reason for the huge screen — you can’t exactly follow a guided workout if you can’t see the trainer.
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We still do not know when the Belt will support Fitbit — the Bike — but the Peloton has shown that the willingness to innovate and to connect with other high-tech gym brands.
Peloton has already enlisted the help of a number of well-known trainers and fitness personalities such as Robin Arzon, and Rebecca Kennedy — lead Belt classes, which should drive interest in the $4,000 treadmill. Foley has stated that the Platoon provide for the financing of the treadmill is at $110, – per month (if you’re a member already) or $140, – per month (if you’re not). Pre-orders are currently available, and units should begin to ship in late summer or early fall.