Have you ever stepped on a treadmill prepared to jog a few miles and catch up on the Ender’s Game only to find reading while on a treadmill shaky and gut-defying? You thought it would be different this time, right? Maybe you wouldn’t get all of that motion sickness if you take longer strides or maybe just hold tightly to the treadmill frame because you just want to finish the paragraph without throwing up. If you did not have to be so health conscious you could kick the treadmill and spend some quality time on a sofa with your book.
Fortunately for you, Weartrons Labs has developed a device that promises to end shaky treadmill reading forever. The Run-n-Read is a small, wearable motion tracking device that connects to your iOS or Android device and moves the text on screen in sync with your movements. The Run-n-Read takes the shape of a small, colored box with a clip. It can be worn on a shirt, on pants, or on a headband. The movement of the device is sent to your phone or tablet, which mimics the movement by shifting the text on the screen. Hence, from your perspective, the text appears stationary. The device also acts as a basic fitness tracker, with the capability to count steps, measure distance run, and track calories burned. As an added convenience, the user can tap the Run-n-Read to flip pages of the book they are reading (no more awkward reaching for your tablet screen!). The complementary iOS and Android apps add Run-n-Read capability to books, documents, and even web pages on your device.
Weartrons is running a crowdfunding campaign on Dragon Innovation. As an early supporter, you can secure a Run-n-Read for as little as $55 or party with the founders for $500. What a deal. According to their website, the Run-n-Read will ship by January 2014.
If you are still not convinced, check out the video below: