Tokyo Marathon 2001 and the iRun
We interrupt this Throwback Thursday for something you just have to see to believe. For those of you who just love to provide everyone with constant data about your marathon run this man has just the thing for you. The goes way beyond Facebooking and making phone calls during your marathon.
This man is running the 2011 Tokyo Marathon with the following strapped to his body: "four iPhones on rotatable mounts, an iPad, an Android handset, three mobile wifi routers, a wind turbine (ok, so it’s a kid’s fan that turns around…), a 4-in-one atmospheric monitor, a heart monitor, a plastic doughnut and of course the very important satellite dish for high-speed data connectivity (cunningly crafted from a bird-feeding dish). (SOURCE)". He calls this contraption the iRun.
"This technology will allow [him] to broadcast live video on two cameras (using either skype or FaceTime to a local studio for re-broadcast), send live location/pace/heart rate data via Runkeeper on the iPhone, transmit temperature, COx/humidity/noise levels via a custom-made Android app (SOURCE)
For the entire race one iphone will be streaming video of his face and another will be streaming a forward video of his run. The ipad will be showing twitter messages his entire run. The Andriod will give him "a direct connection to the control center where he can find out where to meet up with his friends and where to get his next banana."
The good news is he thinks Apple will want to start selling these things very soon! I think I will buy Bonnie one for her next marathon!
I do not know how he does this. I feel dorky just carrying my iphone during a race to take pictures.
Maybe Silly Girl will strap an iRun onto her dog while you run. I think EMZ's next tshirts will have one of the iRuns build right into the fabric. Bike, Bake Blog will soon be coming out with a device where she can bake a 10 course meal during her runs (yum!).
So would you buy one of these or wear one? Would you be interested in watching someone's entire marathon race?