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Feb 08, 2010

ManMade Video How-To: Mount Your Laptop to your Exercise Equipment.

created at: 2010/02/07

In the last decade, many folks have stopped subscribing to cable television, magazines, and the newspaper. We've quit writing down recipes on index cards, sending most letters, using the telephone, and going to the local video store. Many no longer work in a traditional office, as they can do everything they need from home. Because now, you can simply send and recieve all of that information on your computer.

Which means, we spend ALOT of time in front of a computer. And that doesn't make us lazy, necessarily. In fact, it actually means we can be more productive - in concentrating our work and communication into a laptop, we can keep ourselves moving while we get our work done simply by connecting our computers to the average home exercise machine.   With the right easy-to-find tools and materials, you can custom make one of these units to fit your laptop and exercise equipment in an afternoon, for around $20.00 USD.

Check out the video to see the process.


Click play above, or watch the video on YouTube.

created at: 2010/02/07

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@Chris and Andrew...

When I first took up jogging about 7 years ago, I used to bungee cord ye olde DellĀ  laptop to my treadmill. Initially, the laptop was there to provide the positive stimulus (South Park reruns) necessary to overcome the negative stimulus of jogging (fatigue & asthma), and in that sense, the arrangement was effective. However, once I reached a point where my jogging routine required more frequent adjustment of the speed controls, the laptop became a bit of a nuisance. And if I had to attempt to do anything that involved significant typing, I had to slow the treadmill down or stop it completely to avoid falling off or making lots of typing errors. I don't know that there is a solution to this particular problem yet. But here's a thought for the DIY community to chew on:

What if you could rig your laptop to accept feedback from or control over your exercise equipment? In other words, an app that you could run in the corner of your screen to show you on your computer how fast you are going (or how fast you are supposed to be going) and that gives you some kind of feedback (something flashing on the laptop screen or beeping at you) if you are doing something that isn't consistent with the training session you had planned? Granted, you may still fall short of an optimal training session, but you may also fall higher than a minimally-attentive one, and with potentially less distraction from whatever you are trying to accomplish via the computer. With repeated, incremental practice, you might find it easier to attain more difficult exercise goals and still accomplish something intellectually demanding on the laptop.

Anyways, I can see both a business fitness AND a fitness business DIY opportunity here for an individual or team with the know-how of fitness electronics, device networking and app development.

cheers,

M

As a desk jockey for 10-12 hrs a day, I can honestly say that when I get home and only have time to eat and work for a few hours before bed, this would greatly benefit me rather than taking time away from my home office to do some cardio work that leaves me thinking of how much I could have accomplished instead of exercising.

Impressive and inspirational.  Thanks!

@ Andrew - For me, it's more about moving while I work, not working while I exercise. Most of ManMade was built and written on it.

@ Bachmann - Great idea! Can we see some pics of your setup?

@Cool idea - All the parts, dimensions are in the video. Just press play.

Love it. How about a parts list?

Heh, I went about it a different way. Instead of mounting the machine to the bike I have the screen slightly to the right and an external mouse/keyboard at my sides!

 

So, instead of mounting the computer to the bike I had the computer setup surround the bike

Clever, but it misses the more important point that if you're using a laptop while exercising, you should find somewhere to sit down, because you're not exercising.

this is great!

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