Trying to be Kawaii …. errr
An inventive marathon runner has created a curious contraption to help him share every step of his race experience with thousands of online supporters.
Joseph Tame, 33, plans to run the Tokyo marathon on Sunday hooked-up to his ‘iRun’, a homemade gadget which will stream the entire 26.2 miles live to social networking sites.
Media producer Joseph said: ‘I really love mobile technology and wanted to create a citizen’s broadcast of a major sporting event, such as the marathon.
‘Watching it on television doesn’t give a true impression to the viewer whereas this will make the experience much more real.’
The harness-like device is kitted-out with four iPhones, two HTC Android handsets, three wireless routers, an iPad, two weather sensors and a heart rate monitor.
Using wifi, bluetooth, GPS applications and Skype, Joseph and his team of fifteen volunteers will broadcast the entire race through online video site Ustream.
The self confessed ‘digital activist’ said: ‘I’m under monumental pressure to complete this marathon now, but it’ll be great to share the experience with my followers.
‘If people tweet me during the race, I’ll respond and thank them for their support.
‘They’ll also be able to chart my heart rate on a graph via my website so when I’m completely exhausted I’m hoping viewers will call an ambulance!’
Joseph constructed the £300 DIY device in his dad’s shed in Hertfordshire using basic camera rigs bolted together.
For novelty value, the invention also features a ’satellite dish’ and ‘wind turbines’ - a B&Q bird feeder and children’s plastic windmills.
Joseph, who has lived in Japan for five years, joked: ‘Getting the equipment through security at Heathrow Airport was interesting!’