From a fitness and educational standpoint, I understand the idea behind the Alpha Mat. It provides a plyometric type of workout while engaging the mind with numerical sequences—but it's missing a key ingredient.

The problem is that the mat isn't hooked up to anything. It's not a gigantic calculator and it can't connect with your phone to send text messages. Still, I see potential here. Working computer keyboard mats, television remotes and the like could make for an amusing fitness routine that wouldn't grow old for at least a few hours...maybe even a few days. [Exergame Fitness via Shiny Shiny]