I have a treadmill at home that I’ve only used less than 10 times in the 2 years that I’ve had it. I always make an excuse not to use it, but usually it’s because it’s boring to run on the treadmill. I do listen to music while I run, but yet I find myself feeling bored because of what I see in front of me; nothing. I thought, what if there were a treadmill with a huge screen in front of it and make it interactive while you’re running.
The picture on the left is my current treadmill. As you can see, there’s nothing really outstanding about it other than the small screen it has to view the TV. After researching if anyone thought of a new drastic design, I found “The Voyager” (picture to the right). It is a futuristic looking treadmill designed by Il-Yep Soon. The Voyager, according to yankodesign.com, is “a smart-treadmill that features a large screen and interactive system that together simulate the user’s favorite places to run. Pairing with your smartphone, you can even play games or challenge your friends in an endless library of programs and settings.”
This new design reminds me of virtual reality gaming, and the Xbox Kinect. I believe this is where exercise machines and equipment is headed. It would be an intergration of a exercising and gaming. I know there are already exercising games for the Xbox kinect, but I think the actual exercising machines and equipment in today’s fitness gyms should start investing in treadmills like this. I would definitely use this, as well as many others. For sure no one will say that the treadmill is boring.