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A Treadmill With A View
An exercise treadmill attached to a gigantic, life-size scroll that unfurls as you run, simulating a scenic journey.
The problem with running on a treadmill is that you aren't going
anywhere. You're just staying in one place the entire time without
making any visible progress, and it can get quite boring.
To simulate forward movement on the treadmill, you could print a
really long (that is, really wide) life-size
picture of a coastline, or
just the side of a highway or road. After rolling this picture up in a
scroll, you could stand the scroll up next to the treadmill and rig it
so that as you run, through gear action, the spinning of the treadmill
spools in one side of the scroll and unfurls the other. This would
create the illusion of movement as you run and the image moves past
you at the same speed as your gait. Alternatively, you could have the
scroll unfurl backwards in the opposite direction, and pretend to
moon-walk the entire way.
Scrolls of different "trips" could be printed and sold; both realistic
speeds and hyper-compressed pictures of cross-country road trips to
be completed in half an hour. You could either jog leisurely down a
country road or sprint at super-speed from Beijing to Vienna, all
during the course of one workout.
or something a bit fancier like this
[victor, Apr 14 2010]
||needs a fan, a tilting mechanism, audio, a smell
generator... Why not put it on an LED screen instead?
I know! just make the whole treadmill a ball that
moves around on rollers with LED screens on all sides
and AC vents and you running inside like a hamster
||you could have a large circular treadmill along the outside of a gym, where the track rotates all the time.
||Or you could put the scroll in front of the treadmill - you run forwards but the scroll scrolls sideways. That'd be interesting.
||Maybe, but that's not the same thing, or even close; this is for
personal fitness, not filming chase scenes (although you
||Here's deja vu all over again. Listen up, [Quest], and I'll put it
ALL CAPS for you. This is a NEW IDEA. It serves a DIFFERENT
PURPOSE from the moving backdrops used in film sets. It's
used IN THE HOME, not on a studio backdrop, and most
importantly, IT ISN'T JUST A SMALLER VERSION. If anything,
the idea is for the printing of moving images to be sold
seperately and attached to treadmills. So NO, THIS DOES NOT
ALREADY EXIST and, in my humble opinion, it is a valid idea
that doesn't deserve to get picked apart like the boy in "12
||Whew. Well, I've said my piece. I dunno, [Quest], sometimes
your comments just bring out the worst in me.
||Afterthought: Just because something already physically exists
doesn't mean that repurposing it isn't an original idea.
Whoever decided to run on a conveyor belt in the first place
could tell you that.
||...or you could have a treadmill which uses energy from your running to power a motor and wheels underneath, so that you can take it outside and have the treadmill travel along a road or path in the countryside as you run on it.
||Using perspective, you could print out a "life-size" image
that's only five feet tall. And also, it's not that I can't take
criticism. I just hate being discredited whenever I post
something with the tiniest resemblance to a preexisting item.
||[hippo], I'm pretty sure that that has been suggested here,
and it may even have been built.