Passport Treadmill System
So, I was asked to check out the new Passport system that communicates with a treadmill to make an interactive viewing and workout experience. Here is a quick link so you can see what I'm talking about: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=b17PiS1Dspg
I found one attached to a nice AFG treadmill set up for a demo. I understand they also come set up with Livestrong treadmills.
There are different landscapes: mountain trails, canyons, city streets, etc. Link to actual videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jt0zDcq-Q7U&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL
As your running speed changes, either manually or through a program, the speed of travel on the screen changes as well.
As elevation of the trail changes, so does the elevation of your treadmill.
I like that it's actual filmed footage in high def, complete with people to look at while running. Great distraction from the pain of running at times. Escapism while training is pretty cool- especially if it's early in the am, or miserable outside, and you want to train while looking at something other than the numbers on a digital readout or television programming.
If I had access to this kind of setup, I would take advantage of it. I love travel, and I love running in a new environment when I'm in a strange place- and this is a good simulation of that feeling. Honestly, I don't know what the cost is to either purchase a new setup or to add the Passport system to your treadmill, but it is certainly a great idea for people to investigate.
Here is a quick video I did on the treadmill: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cyWm-Y1Uog
And here are a couple of pix