Exercise meets Pac-Man on this workout machine (Tomorrow Daily 401)Japanese researchers create a case that gives your smartphone wheels; also, a piece of gym equipment acts as a giant video game controller.
[MUSIC] Greetings, citizens of the internet. Welcome to Tomorrow Daily, the best geek talk show in the known universe until August 18th. I'm Ashley Esqueda. [LAUGH] Yes. And then I'm told the universe ends. That's actually true. But don't worry. Until then, we've got your headline. So what if your phone could roll up to you when it had something to tell you? A team at the university of Tokyo wondered that exact question and set out to make it happen. They made an accessory that transforms your smartphone into a moving object that can do all kinds of things. It can roll away from you when you click the news button too many times, roll closer when you have a notification. And even pushed small packages around. The team wanted to explore quote the interaction for smartphones with kinetic capabilities, unquote. So this won't be a retail product but it is interesting to think about what using our smartphones could be like in the future, especially if they're able to move on their own. This sounds ridiculous but there's something kind of cool about it. Just in the sense of like, I lose my phone a lot. [LAUGH] Yeah, and it's like it just rolls up to you [LAUGH] And if it could just be like Phone! If you could summon it like your Tesla. [LAUGH] Yeah. It's like you have a summon feature. You're just like hello like whatever you name your phone. It just crawls out from underneath my laundry. Hey Siri, come find me. And then it's like, yeah, your phone just rolls out and is just like hey friend, here I am, pick me up. Please. I'm ready. Yeah. I think that's way better than those like tiles that you stick on things. Yeah. With them. If it actually [INAUDIBLE]. It actually came to you. [INAUDIBLE] came right to you. Or never get out of bed. Much better. Well, I am personally have been excited about the idea of convergence of gaming and exercise. A lot of companies have tried it. Here's another one. SymGym looks like a standard piece of workout equipment with one major difference. It's also a game controller. You sit in the SymGym and play a game with custom resistances based on actions and movement. So up hill or upward motion would require more effort Moving might need you to push the pedals as if on a bike, and so on. It doesn't look like proper form is really important, if we're going by the video, so we're not sure what kinda workout you'd actually be getting by using this thing. But SymGym hopes to open studios with their product later this year. With sessions costing about $15 each. $15 each to do that on a machine, I don't think it's worth it. It's a little silly. It seems a little bit like a quack machine from like the 1800s, that very futuristic like gonna do my video game Games, it's weird. Somebody's gonna crack this, though, because there's something there. Because I will do a ridiculous amount of stupid things while playing a video game. Exactly right, you've seen the Virtuix Omni, that you running in it and you're doing virtual reality. That's Cool and I think the idea is there but it's not quite ready for prime time. I think just virtual reality, when we're actually gonna have to physically do things. I think that's already gonna be exercise. That's true, that is very true. Yeah. Well, we're not gonna have a long show this week. Right. Producer Logan is probably currently enjoying a Bloody Mary on a beach. Somewhere in Hawaii. But we're not going to do a long show this week. Producer Stephanie has taken over. And you guys can use the hashtag #Heytd to talk about either of these. But I am really genuinely curious about the [UNKNOWN]. Yeah. You guys should tell us whether or not you would actually do that. Would you guys snap into a [UNKNOWN]? Get out [LAUGH] We'd love to hear it and we do check all those hey TD hashtag Twitter. We love to have that interaction. 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