Thursday, September 19, 2013

The patent is live!

Like I mentioned in a previous post, after a certain workshop a team and I filed for a patent. That patent has now become official. It even has a number: 13/934856. That official.

What is it for, you ask?

Actually the idea is kind of silly but I think it's fairly interesting (and that is not a statement for tooting my own horn, since I'm only one of the inventors, not like a singular all-encompassing only-inventor).

Basically it's an app that acts as a smoking break for exercise. You know all those extra minutes you have while you're waiting around for other things? Say you come to an appointment ten minutes early. You know what you could be doing in those ten minutes instead of rifling through an old (and potentially germ-ridden) magazine? Toning your muscles and making the most efficient use of that time.

That's basically what this app is for. Making extreme use of all of the minutes of your day. Those minutes add up. If you used all of those minutes for exercise, there'd be no reason to set aside dedicated time for the gym (per se). No more excuses either for how you don't have time to go to the gym. You could be at the gym everywhere, anywhere, all the time. :)

Anyway, that's the gist of it. There are a lot of other details that come with the idea, like how it uses location-based technology to personalize your exercise experience (e.g. it sees you're around a park so suggests that 10 minute walk instead of doing stair exercises since you're in an office building). Or that you're in heels and professional clothes so the types of exercises that you can do at the moment are limited, so only certain exercises should be offered. Or that you aren't near a shower so the exertion level should be toned down. Or that you want to tone a certain part of your body so you want exercise suggestions that focus on that section.

The possibilities are endless.

But now the idea is there.

For now there are no plans to actually execute this idea into reality, but should someone feel motivated to make it into reality, please come talk to me. I'm sure we can make something work. :)

In the meantime the team of us are going to go out for drinks to celebrate. Feels weird to say this officially now, but...I actually invented something.


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