Here’s a weird idea–weird, that is, till you think about it and then it seems obvious that someone would try. Computers in the gym instead of televisions, so people can browse the Internet while they sweat. Even, according to “Web surfing while working out,” using a flexible, sweat-resistant keyboard to write email. I don’t know about you, but TV or reading is all I can handle when my heart’s anywhere close to that magic fat-burning rate–which I don’t get to nearly often enough these days. Here’s where sports and human-computer interaction hit the track together, though, and that’s intriguing.
Colleges are doing this, by the way, to get students into the gym. In a related news story, here’s what happens when students have wireless laptops in the classroom: they play games and IM their friends.