Using the elevator will make you miss your meeting

To go through locked doors, office dwellers wear a little piece of electronics every single day; the access badge. They’re also the group most exposed to sedentariness – or, only moving when they have to eat or go to the toilet. So how can the little piece of electronics they wear anyway help them avoid getting sick and fat?

If we build a cheap pedometer into the badge, we can begin controlling access to elevators and returns to the office space after a visit to the bathroom. (When I say cheap, I mean less than a dollar)

Sure, you’ll miss a meeting the first time you find out you’re low on walking up and down a few floors, but maybe the experience will teach you.

Next stage is combining the pedometer with the dishes in the canteen. You pay with calories you’ve earned during the day. Can’t afford your meal? You know where the staircase is.

The system would probably pay for itself in saved medical bills and reduced employee turnover. Maybe the health insurance company would be happy to pay.

Running together, in separate countries

I’ve been wondering why you can’t connect to other runners. Taking a morning run in Chicago, why not race someone taking an evening run in Tokyo? Why not chat with your friend? To simulate actually running together, the smalltalk could fade out the more the listener’s speed deviates from the talker’s.

Not in the same shape? Handicaps, like in golf. Prefer not to talk? Listen to the same music.

You can choose between party mode – talk to all available friends, automatically connecting to the highest ranked friend online, or connecting manually.

Pack once, travel many

I hate packing more than any other part of a trip. In fact, if I could choose, I’d take a delayed flight over not having to pack. What if a company could do it for us? Travel bag-less to your destination, find your bag in the hotel room. Returning, just leave your bag in the room or check it in at the airport. Don’t even think about it until your next trip, where you’ll find it in your room again, everything washed, toiletries replaced if needed, maybe even a local guide, right there in your suitcase.