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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
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.
Namco: Prop Cycle (1996)
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]
Pedometer + Tamagatchi [goodmars, Nov 30 2009]
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||I think a really high-end treadmill somewhere has this. Great idea, though! [+]
||[devnull] These prohibitively expensive treadmills have marginal functionality relative to their "predecessors".
||Textercizing may have one more step (texting), but the same functionality!
||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.
||//optional two-man gameplay// That just sounds wrong.
||[Maxwell] not as wrong as mandatory 3-man gameplay
||And desultory four-play is even wronger.