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New Gamepad Designed To Build Muscles?

simoniker posted more than 10 years ago | from the be-strong-and-beautiful dept.

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Robmonster writes "The BBC are reporting a story about a product designed to address both exercise and videogaming in one fell swoop. According to the piece: 'A new type of gamepad from a US fitness equipment company aims to turn the couch potato gamer stereotype on its head. The Kilowatt controller by Powergrid Fitness is designed to build up muscle while playing a PlayStation 2, Xbox or PC game." The article explains: "In a racing game like Gran Turismo, the harder you push on the joystick, the faster a car goes, while pulling back slows down the vehicle."

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White House Approved Lifestyle (4, Funny)

Eyah....TIMMY (642050) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001004)

We might need it as the White House recommends [yahoo.com] we eat junk food (usually the preffered gaming food) as long as we excercise.

The World Health Organization recommends [who.int] eating better but they have probably never played video games.

Re:White House Approved Lifestyle (5, Insightful)

Mr Guy (547690) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001099)

Nice FUD. The argument is over whether it is possible to be healthy and still eat foods high in sugar or fat. The US position is that diet is dependent on lifestyle and thus occasional splurging is fine for a healthy person if they exercise to burn it off. This is perfectly rational.

The WHO basically ignored factoring in lifestyle, saying instead that certain diets were optimal for everyone. The WHO isn't wrong, they are just being overly stringent with their guidlines. The US prefers to emphasize that a healthy lifestyle can also be an enjoyable lifestyle.

I don't see anything wrong with that. Calories are Calories, the only difference is quantity.

Re:White House Approved Lifestyle (2, Insightful)

Mod Me God (686647) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001193)

Or the WHO recognises people do not get enough exercise, so recommend a diet better suited to this lifestyle, and the White House is looking after the interests of massive US corporations, rather than the general population.

oh look, another lying sack of shit US-hater (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8001242)

Oh bullshit. This is not 'recommending we eat junk food':

"Steiger said in his letter that the WHO report did not adequately address an individual's responsibility to balance one's diet with one's physical activities, and objected to singling out specific types of foods, such as those high in fat and sugar.

"The (U.S. government) favors dietary guidance that focuses on the total diet, promotes the view that all foods can be part of a healthy and balanced diet, and supports personal responsibility to choose a diet conducive to individual energy balance, weight control and health," wrote Steiger, special assistant for international affairs at Health and Human Services. "

not fp (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8001005)

goatse is still up, its just a scam to get more people to click on it later

not new. (4, Funny)

bludstone (103539) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001007)

Its called a dance dance revolution pad, and those have been around for years.

(I obviously havnt read the article)

We need a total body workout (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001073)

DDR builds only the lower body. It's too bad nobody makes a home version of Para Para Paradise, an arm game, or EZ2Dancer, which works both the upper and lower body.

Re:We need a total body workout (1)

Slayk (691976) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001137)

There is a home version of Para Para, though finding it is EXTREMELY hard.

Re:We need a total body workout (2, Informative)

ryanwright (450832) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001203)

DDR builds only the lower body.

Not if you hang on to a couple of heavy weights and try to keep your balance while playing on heavy...

Re:We need a total body workout (2, Funny)

jx100 (453615) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001222)

well, Nintendo's going to release Donkey Konga...

Re:not new. (1)

Dracolytch (714699) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001079)

Damn skippy. I started at the beginning of the year, and I'm up to 600 calories/day. I'm thinking about putting my journal on-line.

~D

Re:not new. (-1, Redundant)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001208)

I'm thinking about putting my journal on-line.

Because...?

Re:not new. (2, Funny)

MoonFog (586818) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001080)

I remember the "Summer olympics" games back in the days, where the runner ran faster the faster you moved the joystick back and forth. We (me and some friends) picked up an old amiga some months ago, and tried it again.. My arm hurt for weeks after that....

Re:not new. (2, Funny)

TopShelf (92521) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001217)

Heck, we used to play Olympic Decathlon on my old TRS-80, in which you ran as fast as you could tap two alternating keys. Talk about an instant case of Repetitive Stress injuries...

It was fun, though!

Re:not new. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8001105)

You moron, RTF..... oh nevermind.

Re:not new. (5, Funny)

FatAlb3rt (533682) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001154)

[whispering] Tommy, I wouldn't mess with him ... he plays video games!

Re:not new. (5, Funny)

micromoog (206608) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001170)

It's way older than that . . . the NES Power Pad [nesplayer.com] showed up in the 80s. It may have encouraged a bit of exercise at first, but kids quickly discovered that if you pushed the pads with your fingers instead of your feet, you could easily make the character run at instant-heart-attack speeds.

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This would be more helpful (4, Interesting)

grasshoppa (657393) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001011)

This would be more helpful if worked with my everyday system taskes ( build, check logs, ect.. ).

The faster I ran on this thing, the faster my compile would go. I'd buy it.

Re:This would be more helpful (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8001125)

I'll tell you what you can do with your systeme taskes, you fucking nimrode.

Re:This would be more helpful (4, Funny)

Nutt (106868) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001143)

If that existed I'd give it about a day (max) for someone to post on here a way to hook up a v8 engine to turn/power/whatever the device and be able to compile gentoo with every package in ONLY 15 MINUTES!

Re:This would be more helpful (1)

MoonFog (586818) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001161)

To get Gentoo fully installed, you'd have to run the New York Marathon.. twice.

I can see it now... (4, Funny)

tinrobot (314936) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001012)

Geeky gamers with Popeye arms...

Re:I can see it now... (4, Funny)

tommck (69750) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001093)

I thought most of them already had Popeye arms from ... well... you know...

I BUILD MUSCLES BY MASTURBATING FURIOUSLY (-1)

Subject Line Troll (581198) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001013)

+1FP!!!!1!1!11~`~!`1`1``ONE!11TILDETILDE~!TICKMARK (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8001049)

Now all we have to do.... (1)

CHaN_316 (696929) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001016)

Is create muscle building keyboards and mice, and this will hail a new era of buff geeks with super upper body strength. It's a dream come true!

What the hell is this? (3, Insightful)

AntiOrganic (650691) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001023)

Do these people really think that this is going to have a substantial impact upon the overall fitness level of gamers everywhere? It's not. You want to lose some weight? You stop eating like a fatass and you go outside. We're not even talking Atkins diet here, just "stop eating when you're not hungry, not when you're full." This combined with half an hour of exercise a day is all you need. Mild muscular tension is not an appropriate method of weight loss.

Why all the gimmickry?

Re:What the hell is this? (1)

SlashDread (38969) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001198)

Getting half an hour excercise per day can be hard.
I mean, I have dogs, but you guys all sit inside all day and are pale.
So instead of killing your boss (Virtually, in your mind, so you wont in rl) with your fingertips, youd have to work for it. Perhaps even for thirty minutes.

THEN eat less, and sure nuff, youd loose weight.

"/Dread"

This is great (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8001026)

Now I can give up my total reliance on masterbating for exercise!

Re:This is great (1)

SirLantos (559182) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001178)

Sure you can give it up, but would you really want to???

Re:This is great (1)

TheGrayArea (632781) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001224)

Of course the problem you end up with is that one are is really well developed in comparison to the other.

Re:This is great (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8001215)

Masturbation, what's that all about? Is it good, or is it whack-off?

typical fitness mistake (1)

selderrr (523988) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001027)

what we need is not more muscle power, but better condition. Having a large bisceps can be trained in far more satisfying games than pumping a gamepad.

Re:typical fitness mistake (1)

flynt (248848) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001087)

Having a large bisceps can be trained in far more satisfying games than pumping a gamepad.

What you say???!!!

Poo (1)

0x00000dcc (614432) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001028)

Bah - find me a machine that involved exercise, video games, a love life, advice on stocks, and beer and I'm interested.

DDR is for you (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001153)

find me a machine that involved exercise, video games, a love life, advice on stocks, and beer

Exercise and video games: Dance Dance Revolution by Konami.

A love life: The gathering of players of both sexes at arcades that have a DDR machine may lead to the beginning of a relationship.

Advice on stocks: Buy Konami.

Beer: Unfortunately, this is the only hard part. Most arcades I've visited do not serve alcoholic beverages, and I don't know how many bars have DDR machines next to their video slot machines. However, you can still buy the home version, get your friends, and play during the Super Bowl, between commercials. (Who watches it for the football anymore?)

Learn more about DDR [ddrei.com]

DDR for aerobics, this for strength training? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8001032)

You don't need $695 to get exercise while gaming. Dance Dance Revolution [ddrfreak.com] is pretty good, if you've got a decent pad.
As long as we're heading toward the exotic, how about a martial arts game that combined a floor pad with location-sensing gloves and a kick/punch bag?

Nintendo had this in the 80's, it was a flop. (4, Interesting)

conner_bw (120497) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001033)

Nintendo had this, it was called the power pad [defunctgames.com] . It was a flop. What has changed in today's world that will make it successful?

--
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Re:Nintendo had this in the 80's, it was a flop. (1)

greenskyx (609089) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001114)

Dance Dance Revolution! [ddrfreak.com] ... I'm not sure their product can match DDR's popularity though...

Re:Nintendo had this in the 80's, it was a flop. (4, Insightful)

ilsie (227381) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001124)

RTFA. The article is about an isometric controller. The Powerpad just had a bunch of buttons. Dont get me wrong, I still think it will be a flop, especially at $700 a pop.

Re:Nintendo had this in the 80's, it was a flop. (1)

flynt (248848) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001129)

While perhaps a flop, it was still fun doing the long jump in track and field by grabbing onto the rafters after you jumped and hanging there for a few seconds. The game would know if you waited too long to jump back on that you were cheating.

Re:Nintendo had this in the 80's, it was a flop. (2, Funny)

nojomofo (123944) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001200)

I thought that the best part was having the "full-contact 100-meter dash", where in the running races it was fair game to push the guy next to you off of the pad.

Re:Nintendo had this in the 80's, it was a flop. (2, Funny)

dustinbarbour (721795) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001134)

I had a PowerPad! I'd play World Class Track Meet on it with my friends. My parents hated it since my room was upstairs and you could hear our pounding and running from the other side of the house. It was great!

Re:Nintendo had this in the 80's, it was a flop. (1)

mahdi13 (660205) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001138)

It flopped, but it does look like todays market has changed [yahoo.com]
Time for some DDR!

Re:Nintendo had this in the 80's, it was a flop. (1)

Cap'n Canuck (622106) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001187)

Nintendo had this, it was called the power pad [defunctgames.com]. It was a flop. What has changed in today's world that will make it successful?

The industry has changed, as well as the target demographic (30 year old males). Perhaps if you RTFA.

Sig Feil!

Re:Nintendo had this in the 80's, it was a flop. (1)

Ondo (187980) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001206)

Nintendo had this, it was called the power pad. It was a flop. What has changed in today's world that will make it successful?

The power pad is nearly identical to the Dance Dance Revolution pads, which are quite succesful. The difference is not the hardware, it's the software.

This product will almost certainly flop, because it doesn't have any games designed for it, so there almost certaintly won't be any games that are more fun using it. As well as being much too expensive.

build muscle... (-1)

Dragoonkain (704719) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001037)

how much muscle could you actually build? how much muscle do you build beating off to porn? or controling that tv remote? get off your lazy asses and work out..

GNA (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8001040)

THE BLACK MENACE
In the past few decades, blacks have purposefully ostracized themselves, embracing Islam and giving their children pseudo-African names like "Jamal", "Shaniqua" and "LaTasha". They have formed anti-white hate groups and fabricated a culture for themselves. Thus, when they complain of persecution it is reminscent of college girls who get drunk around frat boys and are surprised when they wake up sore 'down there'.

The subject of whether or not blacks deserve their brazen reputation is one that few sociologists have had the courage to examine objectively. Statistics indicate that blacks are naturally prone to commiting crimes. Those who blame this on racism haven't looked at the success of Asian-Americans in this country and the fact that the descendents of the reviled Irish and East Europeon immigrants who are arrived at the turn-of-the-century are virtually indistinguishable from the rest of the population.

Black people are smelly and disgusting in addition to being materialistic. They waste all their money on flashy cellphones and cars in order to project an illusion of wealth. To make matters worse, they allow their children(which they have many of because most black men are serial fathers) to go hungry so they can buy the latest Tommy Hilfiger or Fubu clothing.

One has to wonder why Africa has always been such a hellhole while nations with far fewer natural resources have built great empires. Blaming Africa's retarded developement on Europeans is also futile, as they certain weren't thriving nations when European colonialism began. It couldn't be because blacks are inferior, could it?

P.S.
Check out the crime statistics at http://www.naawp.com/fbi_statistics.htm

no way (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8001050)

being fat is better than working out

Change of tact? (2, Funny)

KingDaveRa (620784) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001053)

So, we're constanly being told to go careful with mice, keyboards and controllers, to avoid RSI and Carpal Tunnel, yet this company is selling something which makes you do the opposite? Apparantly we'll all have massive arms and bodies, but not actually be able to move them.

Pr0n version? (1)

Orion442 (739483) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001059)

Can't wait

Bad news (1)

JoScherl (228091) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001061)

I'm too lazy for making sport so I'd play even less if it would ne sme muscles.

So they're saying... (2, Funny)

tuxette (731067) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001063)

...that I can get fit and strong by playing computer games the same way I can get a six pack while watching TV by wearing one of those electro-shock belts?

Woohoo! Bring it on!

After the first 5 minutes.. (1)

draco ni (42765) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001064)

After just a couple of minutes of playing Gran Turismo with the joystick, you can feel the strain in your upper arms and shoulder muscles.
And then you go back and grab your conventional controller, because who only wants to play their game for 5 minutes?! :)

Cool (0, Redundant)

Timesprout (579035) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001066)

Now I dont need all those celeb babe fitness videos to get a right arm like Arnie Schwartzenegger

Please... (4, Interesting)

WIAKywbfatw (307557) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001069)

This is just a gimmick to sell stuff. If you're serious about getting (and staying) fit, put down the controller for half an hour a day (or every other day) and do a physical activity.

You don't have to go to the gym and work out - you could do a sports activity or even just jog down to the shops and back to get some milk - but it'll be ten times better for you than twiddling your already overdeveloped thumbs.

Oh, and while you're at it, replace every other can of Coke/Mountain Dew/whatever with a glass of water. Your body will thank you for it.

good god (0)

searleb (168974) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001070)

now we'll have a bunch of video game nerds with massive bowling-style forearms...

As a computer user (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8001071)

What I'd like is some small device that I can put under my desk and pedal, with my pedaling going into a battery which can then be used by my electronics. I'll save money and build muscle!

This is silly (5, Interesting)

Schlemphfer (556732) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001072)

You buy a game controller for one reason: to have maximum control in a videogame. Anything that interferes with that, including having to exert unnecessary muscle power, makes for a sucky controller.

As Butt Head once put it so well, "If I wanted to read, I'd go to school."

And if I wanted to exercise, I'd go outdoors.

If you want a workout (4, Funny)

ilsie (227381) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001076)

try playing Soul Calibur II with a Dance Dance Revolution pad.

Nothing New (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8001078)

Atari already had this back around 1980. It was calls the 2600. Remember my young wrists nearly sprained after an all night Pac Man marathon. Never had a srained wrist after that even though I experienced a number of nasty falls skate boarding.

In other news... (1)

jonDear (739662) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001081)

Thousands and thousands of Xbox and PS2 controllers are rendered useless. Broken joysticks caused from "trying to go faster."

Soon.. (1, Insightful)

vjmurphy (190266) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001082)

The nerds and geeks, with their low carb diets and new, isometric gamepads, will become a force to recon with!

At the beach, no longer will we have to feel the humilation of the muscle-headed jerks kicking sand into our faces when we are chatting up the bikini -clad hotties! We'll be doing the kicking.

Rather, we would be, but we have to get past the next track in Project Gotham Racing 2, back up our clan in Socom II, and hit level 65 in Everquest.

building muscle? (1)

qbproger (467459) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001085)

Well my DDR pad works well enough for me. Besides that if I gain too much muscles I'll look odd with my friends.

Aha! (2, Funny)

AgentOJ (320270) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001090)

Now we know how the characters from Final Fantasy VII got their physiques! To gain their popeye-esque arm structure they used this gaming pad!

Hmm, gimmick input device? (1)

podoboo (731311) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001095)

This can't go wrong!

I feel a mastercard commercial coming on. (1)

numbski (515011) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001096)

Average age of people who buy excercise equipment: 31 years

Average age of a video game buyer:
29 years

Number of years of wasted education trying to come up with a good excuse to play games all day long instead of work:

Kernal Panic!
We're hanging here....

Re:I feel a mastercard commercial coming on. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8001180)

Hang your head in shame man; that was terrible.

Okay, well then, you try. :P (1)

numbski (515011) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001211)

So mine wasn't funny. You KNOW this is begging for one.

Go ahead, fix my pathetic joke.

Make my day...punk.

going to try something like this (1)

Raleel (30913) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001098)

me and a friend are gonna workout using Dance Dance Revolution and a good diet (the second we already do pretty good).

We have yet to see a fat DDR player :)

Didn't Work on My Atari Controllers (0)

Filmwatcher888 (595369) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001104)

How many did I sacrafice to Track and Field? Still didn't count as a workout.

Sweat (2, Funny)

verloren (523497) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001106)

So now you get to be the sweaty fat kid in gym class, but in the comfort of your own home.

Clever, but... (1)

el-spectre (668104) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001107)

A lot of games require several moves of the joystick per second (fighting combos, etc). How many folks, even in great shape, can make gross (as opposed to fine) motions that fast?

I'm a tall guy. Even if I was skinny, I'd be 200 lbs. That's a LOT of weight to move quickly, without hurting myself...

The Kilowatt controller? (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001112)

Ouch, that's gotta hurt. At least it isn't the Megawatt controller, or the Gigawatt controller. "Guaranteed to turn you into a smoking crisp!"

Re:The Kilowatt controller? (1)

kidgenius (704962) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001194)

or even the dreaded....Jigawatt controller!!

Two problems I can see... (1)

hiryuu (125210) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001113)

Problem the first: the tensile strength of any joystick/analog stick required is going to be much higher than in the regular el-cheapo controllers.

Problem the second: overdeveloped thumbs and puny everything-else. :P

Hardcore gamers who use this pad.. (1)

Jerdie (516662) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001117)

will have certain muscles in the arms and back bulging out while others(like the legs, and heart) are left weak. At least they could have there be bike pedals, then the gamer would get a good full body workout(or some semblance.)

hmmm (1)

rogabean (741411) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001120)

The article fails to mention what iIconsider to be a major selling point, if in fact this device even takes off. Will it be supported by all games?
They only mention Grand Turismo, being a racing game.

Though honestly I can't see the average gamer having even a remote interest in this device as even the average gamers play games for extended periods of time. Who would want to be working out that whole time?

I smell another "interesting idea not going anywhere" device. Reminds me of the Power Glove.

Aerobics (1)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001123)

Most people (the fat guy in the picture in the BBC article, for example) need aerobic exercise a lot more than isometrics or weight training.

As a poster above said, DDR will work a lot better at getting us all in shape.

We'll know who is using it... (0)

mcasson (738882) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001127)

Due to the performance limitations that this controller will impose, only the sucky individuals will use this...I guess it will give more weight to their statement when they say, "at least I can kick your ass!"

Wish I'd had one as a youth (1)

192939495969798999 (58312) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001131)

If I had that when I was little, I'd be an ironman triathlete right now! I hope they can get the price to come down, I know a lot of overweight kids that play games all the time. If they could get one, they'd totally do it. Or, perhaps the DDR pad could be made compatible with other games.

Old Idea (1)

banda (206438) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001135)

The Yugo I drove in college worked on the same principle: The harder I pushed, the faster I could make it go.

Woo Hoo (2, Funny)

Saint Stephen (19450) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001140)

I for one welcome our freakishly strong forearmed child overlords.

Seriously -- rememeber the Chris Farley Skit: "My God, these Hideously Oversized and Freakishly Strong Children Will Surely Rise Up And Destroy Us?"

Guy in the BBC article (0)

joey shabadu (135768) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001156)

could sure use this thing, bad.

Possibly, if the thing didn't cost so much... (1)

joshamania (32599) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001157)

Lessee here...this thing costs just shy of my PS2, XBox *and* GameCube. *AND* all the games I own for them.

Mudcycle (2, Interesting)

Godeke (32895) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001171)

Best encouragment I made for myself to exercise was attaching a low power (386) computer with a terminal program to a stationary bike. Strap the keyboard in an accessable place and play muds for a while... amazing what motivation to not die in a dungeon will do for you.

better games available (1)

mabu (178417) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001179)

I've always been enthralled by the idea of integrating technology into exercise so that people were more motivated to engage in cardiovascular activities. One of the best examples of this is the Dance Dance [ddrfreak.com] video game. One can't deny that getting good at the game is directly proportional to how in shape you are. In a market dominated by games where people hone skills such as shooting people, it's a refreshing change. Disney Quest [wdwinfo.com] also has some interesting video games that involve lots of physical effort and something like their giant human pinball simulation is an all-around exercise.

Now what we need is some kind of game plug-in that exposes players to sunlight and gets their Seratonin levels up to norm.

Counterstrike Pad (1)

supersmike (563905) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001181)

If they had the Counterstrike pad, I'd buy it. Something that forced you do do all the running, jumping and crouching (in-place I'd assume, but still taxing) that you would do in a game of CS, and somehow fed it back to the game- that would be cool.

Lost cause. (1)

arty3 (64523) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001189)

This is like trying to get fit by skipping the cheese on you double whopper combo. It's already too late so just give it up.

What's the point? (2, Interesting)

HungWeiLo (250320) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001192)

It's $700. Case closed. Put down the joypad for 1/2 hr and walk around in circles if you must.

Seriously, I know this chick that disconnected the power steering cable from her car so she can work out her arms while she's driving. It works - her arm muscles are spectacular, but I guess safety issues be damned.

Comic book ads (1)

anachattak (650234) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001201)

I can see it now: the classic comic book ad, with the buff guy kicking sand in the face of the puny weakling.

The weakling complains that the stupid gaming-jock gets all the girls, while the outdoor athlete just gets bullied.

Soon, they all turn nerd, thanks to PowerPad!!!

...or something like that...

won-eyed girl/online dating design to billed on (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8001213)

the desperate lonliness of introverted hobbyists?

how cruel.

bad trademarks (1)

squarefish (561836) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001218)

looks like they got one on kiloWatt [powergridfitness.com]

I hope they don't try to sue my friends [slashdot.org]

Doesn't that defeat the purpose? (1)

chickenwing (28429) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001226)

If we wanted physical exertion, we would go outside and play with the rest of the kids.

Not bad (1)

caswelmo (739497) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001233)

I kind of like the idea, just not the implementation. When I was rehabilitating an ACL reconstruction they had this stupid little game on the console of the exercise bike. It was just an LCD light moving around a circle according to how fast I pedalled. I was racing another LCD light that was controlled by the speed setting. It was incredibly simple but somehow darn entertaining as well. It would seem to me that some sort of simple yet well done game hooked up to a bike could be mildly entertaining. Perhaps a specialized wheel speed reader that sends data through the standard Xbox controller port? Anyway, I'm obviously easily entertained.

isometric training != fitness/strength (2, Interesting)

teneighty (671401) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001238)

This controller does not involve a significant range of motion - essentially the controller involves isometric holds. This is just a $10 word word meaning that you push against a static object as hard as you can (e.g pushing against a wall - it doesn't move, but it still requires effort on your part). Isometric training is sometimes incorporated as part of a controversial training style known as "super slow" (I can't say if it works or not - I get the impression that the evidence is that at best, it's not an efficient way to train). In short - sure, it's better than nothing, but it's a LONG way from being a device that seriously combines gaming and fitness. For years, I have dreamed of combining fitness and gaming (particuly for FPS games and side-scrolling arcade games). I believe it can be done, and have some strong ideas to make it work. PS: Does anyone know who might be hiring in this field? (I'm a software guy - I need to work with mechanical engineers and EE guys - building these devices is very much a multi-discplinary team effort)

Still pumped from using the mouse (1)

ManoMarks (574691) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001241)

To quote Dilbert. I wonder if they'll make these things PC Compatible? The Xbox I got free for signing up with Speakeasy goes unused except when I have a LAN party, and one person has to swap out of a game (or doesn't want to play it).

Ok, how much of you.. (1)

SlashDread (38969) | more than 10 years ago | (#8001243)

had as first thought, -ooh- GT3, must... have...

"/Dread"
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