A digital relay baton invention helps motivate marathon runners on lonely stretches by letting fans cheer them on remotely.
The prototype baton, developed by a team from Lancaster University, is equipped with sensors that track the runner’s speed, distance traveled and real-time location. That data is shared on a web page, where fans can follow the runner as well as see what challenges may lie in the upcoming terrain.
A fan can also cheer the runner on remotely via a “cheer” button on the page, which will trigger the baton to call out the cheerer's name while vibrating, helping motivate the runner.
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