Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Television with Sole

Gillian Swan, a design student in England, has designed yet another soldier in the fight against inactivity. Dubbed "Square Eyes" her unique shoe soles contain an electronic pressure sensor and a computer chip to record how many steps their wearer takes in a daytime. An embedded wireless transmitter then passes that information off to a receiver attached to the wearers television which decides based on the wearer's steps and exertion how much television they've earned that day. 100 steps = 1 minute of television.

Readers of my blog will know that I feel activity to be the smaller part of the equation with weight, but certainly any intervention that can help encourage (in this case perhaps force) children to be more active certainly cannot hurt.