For many fitness junkies, the solution for multitasking their way toward a better body and mind means “reading” audio books while putting in miles on the treadmill. But for those who still believe that actually reading the text of their favorite novel beats any audio version, the options have been pretty limited—until now. Weartrons, a group of New York-based developers, has come up with a solution called Run-n-Read that lets you read text on your tablet while running.
Consisting of a tiny clip-on device that can be attached to a headband or the collar of your shirt, the system works with an e-reader app on your tablet to track the movements of your head and shoulders. Keeping the text bouncing in sync with your eyes, the system essentially makes reading while running in a stationary position as easy as reading while standing motionless.
In order to turn pages, users simply tap the device once for a forward page turn and twice to page backwards. In addition to its reader features, the system also doubles as a fitness tracker. The software, which works on Android and iOS devices, is offered as a free tool to be used with the clip-on component, which is currently available to early adopters for $55 on the company’s fundraising website.