We don’t know about you, but we’ve basically given up on trying to read while on the treadmill or the elliptical machine. The up and down motion combined with a stationary page or tablet makes us queasy. Instead, we end up watching TV or listening to music. But we’d love to be able to use that time to catch up with the latest news, our favorite magazines, or even a book! (We’re especially excited for these must-reads recommended by you.)
But fear not! Now there’s a way you might be able to read without getting nauseated. All it takes is a little gadget, the Run-n-Read, that clips to your shirt collar or to a headband. We can’t wait to check it out.
So, how does it work? The Run-n-Read is a different kind of fitness monitor. While it has some basic tracking features, it’s primary purpose is to mimic your motion. As it tracks how much you bob up and down while you’re working out, it pairs with its own e-reader app that actually bounces the text on screen to match your movement. How cool is that? So as you run faster or slower the book, magazine, or newspaper article you’re reading will keep up the pace. Since both you and the text are moving in sync, you won’t feel like it’s moving at all.
We haven’t tested out the Run-n-Read yet, but we’re excited to try it once it’s available. If the text on screen can truly keep up with your pace, it seems like a perfect solution. We might finally get to finish a whole book! But one wrong move, and it could make you feel worse than running in front of a stationary page. We’ll also be interested to see what kind of content their e-reader supports. If you can read all the articles saved in your Pocket account, books from Kindle and iBooks, along with anything in your newsstand, we’ll be sold.
Finally the app also gives you some very basic information about your workout. Helpful to have, but possibly redundant if you’re already using an activity tracker. The Run-n-Read is currently available on Dragon Innovation—a crowd-funding site similar to Kickstarter.
Watch the video to get the complete picture of how it works.
Can you read while working out, or would you use Run-n-Read to do so? Tell us in the comments!