Fry, who is giving public talks in Sydney and Melbourne during his latest Australian visit, touched on a number of technology topics in his first appearance at the Opera House which I've written up over at Gizmodo. When asked by interviewer Jennifer Byrne how he had lost nearly six stone, he attributed it to an increase in walking and the increase in walking to using talking books:
I discovered the brilliance of talking books, audio books. Just make a list of all the novels you've ever wanted to read . . . It could be James Bond or a romantic fantasy — it doesn't have to be great literature. It could be an autobiography. But you stick it in your ears and you start walking and you just run up the miles, you cannot stop, you've to get to the end of a chapter. And instead of taking a cab . . . you will be walking, and the pounds are shed — or, what do you call them, kilos.
Fry himself is a noted narrator of audio books (most famously with the Harry Potter series), but clearly that doesn't detract from his pleasure in the experience. What are your favourite ways to use technology to help you exercise? Tell us in the comments.