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Problem: Treadmills, exercise bikes, weight lifting etc. can become boring and monotonous, and there's no incentive to push yourself unless you have a buddy: exercising for the sake of exercising becomes boring.

Feasible Solution: Textercizing

The machine has a piece of paper on it w/ a short-code number so that after your workout you text your distance and time. You get a text back with how you compared to the gym's average distance/time, possibly ranking you with other members.

This can feed into a fitness tracking web platform with game mechanics built into it:

- tamagatchi like system: keep your pet alive by going to the gym/ranking well in races (link) - pitting you in ongoing competitions with other users - gaining rewards point - giving you goals to beat on your next workout.

goodmars, Nov 30 2009

Namco: Prop Cycle (1996) http://www.klov.com...il.php?game_id=9139
I think that may be the game 21 Quest remembers. I've played it a bit, but never quite got good at it. [jutta, Nov 30 2009]

Pedagotchi Pedagotchi
Pedometer + Tamagatchi [goodmars, Nov 30 2009]

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       I think a really high-end treadmill somewhere has this. Great idea, though! [+]
devnull, Nov 30 2009

       [devnull] These prohibitively expensive treadmills have marginal functionality relative to their "predecessors".   

       Textercizing may have one more step (texting), but the same functionality!
goodmars, Nov 30 2009

       When I read the title I was thinking that this might be some sort of giant floor keyboard similar to the one in the movie "Big" with Tom Hanks.
Jscotty, Dec 01 2009

       //optional two-man gameplay// That just sounds wrong.
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 01 2009

       [Maxwell] not as wrong as mandatory 3-man gameplay
goodmars, Dec 02 2009

       And desultory four-play is even wronger.
DrBob, Dec 02 2009


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