Tuesday, February 26, 2013

My Amazing Invention


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!

*cough *

So here goes the clip that holds the idea...

Machu Picchu, Peru
It started with an assignment for the fitness magazine I was writing for. I was to go to GenWorld and test the new Virtual Elliptical, a machine that allowed the exerciser to experience the halls of Greece, the shores of the Pacific, the hike to Machu Picchu, all from the safety (and climate control) of a high-end gym. A person could even travel back in time and jog next to the Berlin wall, or traverse the outskirts of famous battles. I'd been lucky to get the assignment.

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)
“And the music?”

“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.


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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?

14 comments:

Trisha F said...

LOVE your idea. I don't have the means to execute it but I really really love it!

And I think I would actually do a lot more exercise if I could have one of those machines!

Christopher Allen said...

Sounds like a briliiant idea, both for the elliptical machine at the gym and the settings of stories. Also sounds like an idea Mark Nicholls would love.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Like a Hollodeck, only you're exercising. That would be cool.

mshatch said...

It would definitely make exercising way more fun. I'll opt for a run around the Red Keep :)

Mark Means said...

Very cool idea and I think running from Orcs....or better yet, a dragon...would be -highly- motivational :)

Michael Di Gesu said...

FANTASTIC Idea Hart....

The possibilities are endless. A great way to stay in shape too....

I could use a different view than the polar icecaps on Lake Michigan. LOL.

LTM said...

oh, WOW! I see all kinds of potential here for like a storyline! Very Inception-ey...

And I'm REALLY wanting one of these machines. Minus the orc setting.

Supercool idea, TH~ :o) <3

Teresa Coltrin said...

Great and innovative creation. Awesome.

Johanna Garth said...

You know how when you're in a foreign city and walk and walk until you're beyond exhaustion? It would be just like that! I want one!! Let's get MIT or John Hopkins involved :)

Shallee said...

Oh my gosh, coolest idea ever!! That sounds like a great game idea for the X-box Kinect.

Helena said...

I have NO idea how to execute this idea -- you need a computer geek for that. But it really is a great idea, and it'd be a fantastic way for authors to promote their books.

vbtremper said...

I'm not the person to execute this idea, but I can't wait to see it. Nice!

-Vicki

Natasha said...

What a fantastic idea. Would be so wonderful if we could really go with it. I run alone, because I can't stand the chatter of people I don't "get"- but chatting with someone you want to talk to.....

Hart Johnson said...

D'oh! There is our iteration, Natasha! Add a Skype like function and you and I could 'run' together, talking!!!!