Okay, so FIRST, so I'm not negligent, I have to throw out a HUGE Happy Birthday to Leanne! She is fellow Burrower and has been my VERY most reliable beta reader ever since the beginning. I am posting otters and hedgehogs and stuff over at Burrowers, Books and Balderdash in her honor...
And now back to my brilliance... erm.
Okay, so it hasn't been invented, but it's a FABULOUS idea, and if one of YOU know how to invent it and then share the money from it, that would be EXCELLENT!
So do you want to know what it is? Well I'll tell you in a minute, but first I need a brief digression to tell you where it came from!!!
So this weekend I decided to do a little organizing. I know, scary, right? But one of the things I organized, because I'm pretty sure SOMEWHERE I have written a piece of something that I felt compelled to write ANOTHER part of... so I was putting these pieces of paper with 'book ideas' in a spreadsheet, and I found this thing that I have NO CLUE what the book I intended was meant to be, but MAN, for a product it's AMAZING!
So here goes the clip that holds the idea...
|Machu Picchu, Peru|
I arrived at GenWorld and first received a brief tour of their concept room and had an orientation to the machine and software.
“If you see a turn you want to take, you can take it. An attractive jogger you'd like to follow? Be my guest, but you have to keep up with them unless you call out for them to slow down.”
He was teasing me. I know he didn't expect me to run somebody down while I was here on assignment. And then it registered. “I can talk to people?”
“Of course you can. Fully visually and auditorially interactive, though to change directions, you need the lever, as your feet are on the set, rotating platforms of the elliptical machine. Resistance though, will change as you climb or go down... it even mimics sand. We tried to make it as realistic as possible.”
|They have this microscreen version (NOT the same)|
“Works like an iPod. In fact you can plug your own iPod in, or we can select the music appropriate to the location. To talk to people, you need to turn it down, just like when you are wearing headphones.”
It sounded like a dream device. I climbed on, put on the headset that was far less cumbersome than I'd imagined, and began the machine.
Okay, that's where I'm leaving the writing clip. I don't share anything from first draft very often, but all I was really trying to get across was the set-up... I imagine the plot meant to have... somebody USE the system to hide a clue and solve some international drama or something, but all I have is the scene...
But imagine this, too: as authors, we could collaborate with our BOOK settings, so people could exercise in the midst of the world our book takes place in. Wouldn't that rock?
|You could run the walls of the Red Keep|
|Or the streets of Diagon Alley|
|Or run from orcs... seems pretty motivating to me...|
Be sure and email me if you decide to execute this as a real product. You totally need my twisted mind involved.
You have any inventions lately?