Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt, 35, talks about working his abs with Peloton and why heâ€™ll never be karaoke king.
How techy are you when it comes to fitness?
I have a Peloton Bike+, so I do classes at home. Iâ€™ve had it four or five years now, since I retired, and I keep it in my fitness room. I use it every single day to stay fit and stay in shape â€“ or I should use it every day. There are different classes. I do some abs classes, but I mostly do cycling for the cardio.
Whatâ€™s the biggest tech change youâ€™ve seen in your lifetime?
I think itâ€™s smartphones. They keep getting smarter.
Have you bought any tech thatâ€™s been disappointing?
Somebody bought me a microphone one time, but I didnâ€™t use it. Iâ€™m not a good singer, so I stayed away from that.
When drones started coming out, I thought they were awesome. I got one, but it wasnâ€™t that good. It took forever to calibrate, and every time I flew it, I had to recalibrate it again. So after a while I stopped using it and just left it in my garage. Itâ€™s probably still there.
What tech is on your wish list?
A brand new car. Thereâ€™s so many, but Iâ€™ve always wanted an Audi RS 7 Sportback. I rented a Rolls-Royce Phantom recently and I liked that. Maybe I should get one when I buy my next car.
What tech did you like as a child?
Video games. As a child I played a lot of video games. Any video games that came out, that was me. Nintendo 64 was my favourite.
What tech is best for travel?
I donâ€™t travel with my PlayStation because I never spend much time in one place, and itâ€™s heavy, so it makes no sense to lug it around.
My girlfriend actually bought me this gaming set that I can travel with, which was pretty cool. Itâ€™s called GAEMS and I can play it when Iâ€™m on a plane.
How important was tech to you as a runner?
When I was a runner, it was never about tech. My coach always wanted us to just focus on competing and getting things done.
I had my headphones and I could listen to music on my way to the track, but when I got there, and it was time to warm up, there was no music after that.
Whatâ€™s your favourite gadget?
Iâ€™ve just got into using Apple AirPods Max and now Iâ€™m a massive fan. Theyâ€™re big headphones that block out all sound and theyâ€™re very good for using with my iPhone.
What tech would you like to see more of in the future?
Holograms. They can be used like Zoom, but with a hologram itâ€™s much more personal because it feels like the person is right near you. Theyâ€™re great, especially for doing interviews around the world.
Whatâ€™s the most expensive tech youâ€™ve bought?
Probably my TVs. I have several TVs in my house; some Samsung, some LG, some Sony. Iâ€™ve no idea how much they cost. If I want something I go into the shop, get what I want, and go.
Iâ€™m not the type of person that does research. I just go in and say: â€˜Alright, whatâ€™s the best TV I can have? Is it 4K? Is it smart? OK, give me this TV.â€™
Whatâ€™s your go-to tech for playing music?
I donâ€™t really have a stereo. I play music through my phone, into the speaker. I have a few speak-ers. I like my JBL Flip 5 and my Bose SoundLink speakers.
What tech canâ€™t you live without?
Oh my God, my phone and my iPad. I canâ€™t live without both of those. I have an iPhone 12, just a regular one because I like the smaller phones. I donâ€™t like the big ones. I donâ€™t know which iPad I have, I just have the biggest one.
What tech would you invent if you could?
I would love to invent something to easily find the TV remote. I always keep losing my remote.
Usain Bolt appeared as a 4k hologram to celebrate Virgin Media completing the rollout of gigabit broadband to its entire network of more than 15.5 million homes across the UK.