The Pink Tentacle blog is reporting on a group of wacky Japanese artists teaming up with an IT firm to create a device to track restless leg movement and display your personalized “creative beat pattern”.
Here’s more from Pink Tentacle:
The sleek black diamond-shaped contraption — called “Yurex” (yure means “shake” in Japanese) — straps to the thigh. A pair of silver disco ball-shaped sensors measure the leg’s horizontal and vertical vibrations, and a 10-digit LCD counter displays the user’s accumulated leg-shake tally.
When Yurex is connected to a computer’s USB port, special software automatically downloads the data from the device and analyzes the user’s leg-shaking habits and rhythm patterns. The software can also generate a personalized “creative beat pattern” based on leg-shake data obtained while the user is in a state of deep concentration. Then, whenever a boost of creative energy is needed, users can simply jiggle their knees in concert with this beat data to achieve higher brain power.
Yurex users are also eligible to participate in a social networking community (yurex.jp), whose members are referred to as “yusletes” (binbo-yusuri athletes). Users can display their binbo-yusuri data on the site and update it automatically each time the Yurex is connected to the computer. In addition to seeing how their binbo-yusuri counts rank in comparison to others, members can find the locations of other active “yusletes” through the site.