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lap counting mouse exercise wheel

mouse exercise wheel counts turns, distance
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Using appropriate sensors attached to a high-quality mouse exercise wheel (non-contact optical choppers) software counts and remembers number and direction of wheel turns.

Software translates wheel turns into various metrics: mouse's cumulative length of travel, travel per day, speed, activity histograms, etc.

wod_observer, Oct 05 2010

RODENT ACTIVITY WHEEL http://www.panlab.c...%20ACTIVITY%20WHEEL
RS-232 interface to PC [csea, Oct 05 2010]

Real-time Pet Metrics Real-time_20Pet_20Metrics
Related idea [csea, Oct 06 2010]

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       What's to not like? [+]
MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 05 2010
  

       Fairly baked, but possibly not widely known. [link]
csea, Oct 05 2010
  

       //Fairly baked//   

       Yes, but so many ideas are improved by just a *few* more minutes in the HB oven. [+]
Boomershine, Oct 05 2010
  

       //When it is on the wheel, it could scroll a document//   

       That document should be titled "How To Train a Mouse to Control A Pointer On The Screen."   

       What you are describing [IT] is almost like an automatic mouse, and that's just crazy talk.
Boomershine, Oct 06 2010
  

       You could add pathos and irony by having a countdown till death meter on the wheel. (Not your death, the mouses) Calibrate it by taking the mouses assumed life span, the time it spends on the wheel each day and doing the math.   

       Take the pleasant activity of watching your mouse play on it's wheel and make it really depressing.
doctorremulac3, Oct 06 2010
  

       //watching your mouse play on it's wheel and make it really depressing.//   

       Especially if, when the mouse dies, the (unanticipated) electricity stored in the circuitry of the wheel system makes the wheel act as a motor now, instead of a generator, and so now the dead mouse keeps going around and around...even though it is so dead.
Boomershine, Oct 06 2010
  

       As far as petometers go this one's wheely good.   

       //petometers// Groan...
I was initially confused by this; I read it as petameters (10^12 km) which would be kind of difficult for a mouse... but wow, that is a great trigger for an idea! [link]
csea, Oct 06 2010
  

       //petometer// A finely crafted French instrument for measuring flatulence
mouseposture, Oct 07 2010
  
      
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