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Author Topic: Make your treadmill an entertainment center for almost nothing  (Read 2121 times)

mouser

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Make your treadmill an entertainment center for almost nothing
« on: January 13, 2014, 06:11:39 AM »
Just wanted to report on a recent cheap solution to making my treadmill more entertaining.

I bought the cheapest android tablet I could find that had hdmi output, a used Hisense Sero 7 Lt), on ebay, for $40 including shipping, and a super cheap small flat screen tv.

The tablet sits on the treadmill book stand and the tv mounts to the wall behind the treadmill (under $100 used).

I can watch youtube, read the news, read comics, even browse the web.

Note1: This tablet gets bad reviews but has been working flawlessly for me and the price cannot be beat; if you have more advanced needs you might want to get a better tablet.

Note2: You will also need a mini or micro hdmi cable, and you may want to pick up a (usb) extension cord for the tablet power supply.

Note3: If your treadmill is loud, you may need to pay special attention to getting a tv with good volume (or use a soundbar).
« Last Edit: January 13, 2014, 09:00:45 AM by mouser »

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Re: Make your treadmill an entertainment center for almost nothing
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2014, 08:54:25 AM »
Thats a great idea. Especially if you're a habitué of one of those long running TV or cable series. Great way to exercise, watch your favorite show episodes guilt-free, and time your treadmill routine. (I use a Nook I was given plus a Netflix streaming subscription myself.)

Looks like a win-win to me! :Thmbsup:

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Re: Make your treadmill an entertainment center for almost nothing
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2014, 04:10:26 PM »
Or go to a gym that has TVs in front of its treadmills anyway?  And the possibility of interacting with real people in between bouts?

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Re: Make your treadmill an entertainment center for almost nothing
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2014, 04:13:38 PM »
who are these "real people" you speak of?

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Re: Make your treadmill an entertainment center for almost nothing
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2014, 04:16:35 PM »
who are these "real people" you speak of?
"Actual people," then - the ones you meet in meatspace instead of virtuality or TVspace  :)

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Re: Make your treadmill an entertainment center for almost nothing
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2014, 05:03:50 PM »
The tablet sits on the treadmill book stand and the tv mounts to the wall behind the treadmill (under $100 used).

Pics...or it didn't happen.   :P

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Re: Make your treadmill an entertainment center for almost nothing
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2014, 05:14:17 PM »
I've heard rumors that mouser's cat uses the treadmill more than mouser does...just a rumor thou...

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Re: Make your treadmill an entertainment center for almost nothing
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2014, 05:31:27 PM »
I've heard rumors that mouser's cat uses the treadmill more than mouser does...just a rumor thou...

I can confirm this is not rumour and is, in fact, real.   :D  Well, the cat-on-the-treadmill part anyway.  No idea if the cat uses it more or not.

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Re: Make your treadmill an entertainment center for almost nothing
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2014, 05:36:25 PM »
Just wanted to report on a recent cheap solution to making my treadmill more entertaining.

For me there's a cheaper way. Persuade my wife to use it and rev up the speed.
 


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Re: Make your treadmill an entertainment center for almost nothing
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2014, 03:03:06 AM »
I'm not sure how you scroll down on a tablet or switch youtube video's when you're walking? Treadmills are great and good exercise  :Thmbsup: