If you think keeping fit is merely mind over matter, Lester Clancy has an invention for you: a cordless jump-rope.
The idea is that you hold both handles and jump over the pretend rope. Or if you're truly lazy, you can pretend to jump over the pretend rope.
The U.S. Patent Office apparently thinks it's the real thing. It's awarded Clancy a patent.
Clancy said what makes this invention work are the moving weights inside the handles. They simulate the feel of a rope moving. At least they would, if there were two of them.
Clancy has only one handle so far because he's waiting for financial backers.
California State University professor Mike Ernst says the cordless jump-rope can be a good idea if it promotes physical activity.
Would he buy it? Ernst says, "I'm not an idiot."