No, not like that.
The Moscone Center hosted a convention that showcased an amalgam of fitness and entertainment. The latest products to come out of Silicon Valley are a plethora of fancy, um, things that represent a hybrid between an exercise machine and a video game:
More fitness machines now feature interactive full-body systems, like the MX9, which [fitness director Parrish] Graumann says should appeal to young people who were raised on video games.
“Your body is the joystick,” he said as he danced and moved on the platform that stood beneath a blue ring attached to a terminal with a monitor. “This is a way to take those Nintendo kids and give them a reason to get a sweat.”
Well, we’ll pass on the “your body is the joystick” jokes (too easy), instead opting for a mournful tone. What is our society coming to when we have to trick people into being healthy? Whatever happened to … those halcyon days of youth when kids enjoyed throwing a ball against a brick wall for hours at a time?
Thanks a lot, “technology.”
Silicon Sweat: High-tech, full-body machines merge multimedia and exercise. [SFGate]