Rowing Machine Tied to Google Earth

Concept II PM3 rowing machineWhy not hook up your rowing machine and practice rowing your favorite river from the comfort of your exercise room? That’s what these guys did. They wrote an application to interface between a Concept II PM3 (see picture) using a USB cable and Google Earth so you can then row yourself down the river.
This is a great concept, but could use some more innovation to make it more practical. Right now it apparently just shows a view of the river as you row yourself along. You could show a boat icon with your position, show your track, put up your current speed and distance to finish, etc. In fact, you could use the new time features in GE 4 to show animations of your previous runs. This tool enables you to do familiarization with a new river before you even get there in person (the same way I use GE or a flight simulator for familiarization before I fly to a new airport). Of course, you could also do fun things like row the Grand Canyon, go down 5th avenue in NYC, or do the Pacific Ocean! :-) via OgleEarth.

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  1. I have some friends who have rowing machines & they said you can’t beat the workout that you get from the machines ..

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