A Stealthy Trojan Horse For Fitness


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/01/27/a-stealthy-trojan-horse-for-fi.html


#2

Seriously, what we need is more $200 pieces of crap in our lives.
Perhaps BB would be well served by an editorial policy of ‘n’ cultural postings per product placement or ?


#3

Call me when they release a digital version of this

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#5

Yeah, came to say this: if the problem is your kid is playing too much with the Nintendo Switch, take away the fucking Switch. No one forced you to buy a Switch.


#6

“let’s you”? Seriously?

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#9

There’s no question that Gamification has resulted in many people doing things they otherwise wouldn’t do. Anything that can make physical exercise “fun” is a positive in my book.

Parents have been doing that forever - “Do X and you’ll get Y”, or otherwise rewarding good behaviour. This is just another way to do so, in a mechanism that happens to resonate with some segment of the population (as a kid I was fascinated by every digital version of whatever I could get my hands on and would almost certainly have loved this).


#10

The sight of that “let’s” is indeed a “ridiculous site”. And advertisement is shortened to “advert”, which is shortened to “ad”, whereas “add” is what you do to two numbers to make a bigger one.
(@michael_borys @Trenion)


#11

I understand your comment for sure but here’s the thing, this is not product placement. The truth is my Nephew is a bit overweight and from the look of things, this may help him to turn a corner. Nothing up until now has worked really and I’m pretty emotional about that.


#12

Late stage capitalism. I’m going outside.


#13

This would be a more interesting product if the plank body position had more of a relationship to what was going on in the game, like if it were a hangliding sim or something, that way, the better and longer you hold the position, the more you feel like a strong character who has developed the skill your brain amd eyes are experiencing.

I always thought it would be cool to do VR database management, with metaphorical physical movements of editing and searching through rows, linking foreign keys, physicall creating columns, etc…


#14

You take 22 pounds off that chap and he’d be stick thin.


#15

The most stealth fitness product I’ve ever seen was Pokemon Go.

My roommate hates cardio, and he took to walking 5-10 miles a day during the craze. People usually don’t eyeball distance right unless they’ve done a lot of miles on foot before, so I quizzed him once–and he listed a place he went that I’ve done many times on bike or on foot. (And also have driven to for fishing)


#16

Alternatively…


#17

Not a product placement? See figure 1, the Amazon link with encoding for partner credits (pay to BB). I don’t specifically mean to call you out for shilling, but a quick look at your posting history shows a lot less critical analysis than I’d expect from a BB contributor.


#18

if you are really really good, it will let you store it in the attic/crawlspace/garage with the other craptastic exercise equipment that promised we’d be in shape without effort if only we purchased them.


#19

i’m fairly certain those get added onto amazon links automagically.


#20

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