Tech flail

I’m missing something here. A treadmill, as widely accepted on Wikipedia, is a device for walking or running while staying in the same place. I understand the treadmill to be a piece of equipment that allows you to exercise in the comfort of your own house, as opposed to exercising outside in hazardous weather conditions.

This beast allows you to exercise in those hazardous conditions:

rollator rollator2

My question is: Why not just walk?

Check out the site for a nifty, entertaining video of the beast in use http://www.oooms.nl/rollator/

From the site – “A gear system to multiply your walking efforts” – nice technology, agreed, though perhaps we could apply this gear system in a different way.

Let it be known that I’m actually loving some of oooms other inventions, the glassbulb lamp for one!

Fun fact: Treadmills were used in prisons in Britain from 1818 and until the second half of the 19th century as a form of punishment. These torture machines were made from a hollow cylinder of wood on an iron frame with a series of steps around its circumference. With wrists strapped to the bar above the machine, prisoners were forced to turn the wheel continuously by walking the steps, or “dancing the treadmill.” Several prisoners stood side-by-side on a wheel, and had to work six or more hours a day, effectively climbing 5,000 to 14,000 vertical feet. While the purpose was mainly punitive, the mill could grind grain, pump water, or ventilate – Cleveland Holt, Thomas (1992). The problem of freedom: race, labor, and politics in Jamaica and Britain, 1832-1938. JHU Press. p. 106. ISBN 978-0-8018-4291-7.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: