New Treadmill Automatically Changes its Speed to Match Yours

Ohio State University has developed a treadmill that adjusts its speed to how fast you are running, instead of you running to the speed you preset on the treadmill. It seems that sonar actually detects whether you are moving more to the front or back of the belt and adjust the belt speed accordingly. Researchers say the effect is that running on the treadmill feels a lot more like running outside. In the article published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, researchers say that also found that tests of VO2Max, a measure of aerobic capacity, also were more accurate on this new kind of treadmill than the traditional kind. Commercial applications are still years away.

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