Quick and easy Street View treadmill

This is [Thomas Clauser's] Google Street View enabled treadmill. He points out that most of the Street View hacks use a measurement of rotational movement to interface with a computer. He respects that but didn’t want to take the time to make it work with his treadmill. Instead, he used a stealth switch propped up on a book below the treadmill frame, but any switch can be used as long as you know how to connect it to the computer. When you stand on the treadmill the frame flexes and almost clicks the button, but when you start running it moves the rest of the ways and closes the switch. From there an autohotkey script is used to advance Street View.

11 thoughts on “Quick and easy Street View treadmill

  1. Wouldn’t a piece of tape of the tread and a reflective light sensor be even ‘easier’ then lifting a treadmill and trying to get the switch positioned just right? Would also work at lower speeds as well, and allow for greater resolution with more pieces of tape.

    Just a thought.

  2. Well, nvm, I guess the point here is using something like a mouse to get clicked; no harware hack required. But also brings up another thought, if you are going to use a mouse to get clicked, why not use the optical sensor to track speed?

  3. Thanks for the post and feedback.

    My next step was to put a scroll wheel in contact with the treadmill and count the number of repetitions. This was the 5 minute version…

  4. Streetview hacks suck. Even if they were clever, it’s still a slideshow of a ugly street that is in theory supposed to enliven your workout walk/jog/run. If you want a streetview, RUN OUTSIDE.

  5. @vonskippy You seem to be missing the fact that sometimes running outside is not an option. Ever heard of bad weather? Another point to keep in mind is the option to run down virtual streets you’ll probably never get the chance to run in the real world.
    Streetview hacks are a bit of harmless fun and this is another simple fun hack.

  6. Pfft…why tread around in the dirty bottom of a gravity well?

    With the right setup you could jog through the universe!

    It would be an interesting demonstration of the solar system to scale the walking distance to the distance between celestial objects for instance.

    One could stride the very cosmos!

    Yeah!

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