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Man Running Marathon In “Wacky iPhone Harness”

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Feb. 22, 2011
  • Updated Feb. 23, 2011 at 8:10 PM UTC

Joseph Tame and his iRun harness. Photo: Cnet

It weighs six pounds and can do almost anything.

Check out this video of the iRun in action.

As if the Digital Age couldn’t get more surreal, one man has built a contraption that will allow visitors on the Web to watch every step of his marathon. That’s right, next weekend Joseph Tame will brave rubbing elbows with 30,000 participants in the Tokyo Marathon while wearing one crazy-looking contraption. The gear is a support system for two iPhones for video, two iPhones for GPS and networking software, an iPad that will display Twitter messages, an Android handset, three–count them–three wi-fi routers, as well as monitors that will give him biofeedback (heart trate, ambient temperature and CO2 levels).

Let’s hope for his sake it doesn’t rain.

Tame is calling the framework he’s created an “iRun” rig. The device apparently weighs over six pounds. He’s run a marathon before with an iPhone, but never with a device such as this. A self-described lover of “wacky projects”, Tame has pulled other technology-meets-running stunts, such as running out a 28-mile mile GPS drawing of Hello Kitty in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district.

For More visit Cnet. To see a video of the iRun in action, click here.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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