In China, business have begun to tie employee’s health insurance to not just their fitness levels, but their daily exercise regimes.
The thing is, not everyone wants to actually work for that insurance discount, so some have now found a way to cheat the system.
This strange device might look like any smartphone cradle. Maybe it’s just supposed to sit there, or perhaps it has some sort of charging mechanism? Nope. In fact, it’s actually a simple cradle that rocks the phone like it’s trying to put it to sleep. The idea though, is to fool the phone’s sensors into thinking the owner is walking around.
With this, employees can rack up daily step counts, even as they sit down to a jelly doughnut or grab a smoke. For most companies, the minimum required step count is 10,000 a day. That way they not only avoid getting penalised, they can also get discounts health insurance offered to employees with extensive exercise regimes.
Of course this is something we assume you can buy in China, but apparently local eateries have caught on. In order to boost business, it seems some restaurants are also offering these swinging cradle services for free, so their customers feel comfortable staying longer and eating more.
Apparently some of these have been available as far back as 2016, but it seems the trend has really caught on recently. (Source: IndiaTimes)