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OmniDirectional Treadmill

When the weather is bad, or you don't feel safe running or walking outside, treadmills are great. The only thing that's bad is that you are doing the same repetition of motions over and over again. You use all the same muscles, which is very unlike moving on actual terrain outdoors (and very boring too).

Check out this omnidirectional treadmill. A clever little Michigan-based company called Virtual Space Devices, Inc., has been working on this since 1996. It's a self-contained unit that allows you to walk or run in any direction you choose, without actually going anywhere. It will allow you to move with freedom, and say goodbye to the repetition of basic treadmills.

This could also be used for virtual video games, so kids (and adults) can get off the couch and be part of the game (while burning calories too). I'm not sure this will be hitting gyms or living rooms anytime soon, but just the thought of it is exciting. Check out the video - it's truly amazing.

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Saturn9 Saturn9 10 years
Very interesting! Just imagine what the guys in OK GO would do with these...
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 10 years
Weird, bro. Give me some asphalt or a regular treadmill...
Phil Phil 10 years
wow! I don't know how easily it would be to incorporate that into a building, but it's a nifty concept. And, it can revolutionize the gaming industry. Combined with the technology that the Wii uses, this has potential to make Madden 2010 amazing!
number6_ed number6_ed 10 years
Sweet. I totally want one.
ktacce ktacce 10 years
haha whoaaa thats amazing!!!!!! hahahaha.
jmw556 jmw556 10 years
how come he never actually *runs* isn't that the whole point of a treadmill? Maybe it doesn't go fast enough...
livetolove livetolove 10 years
Just a thought.. but I wonder how many times that guy fell while trying to walk backwards...
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