Posted on Jun 23, 2008 in iPhone
So whilst out jogging today (I’ve just started trying to get back in shape), I was thinking about the lack of a nike+ adapter that’s compatible with the iPhone. That got me thinking how great it would be if they made a bluetooth version, so you didn’t need the adapter for your iPhone, just the sensor for your shoe.
But hold on a minute – the sensor is basically just an accelerometer, right? Which the iPhone already has built-in. So theoretically all you would need to do is write a bit of software and hey presto! – you’ve got yourself a nice little “nike-” running-tracking system.
Throw a bit of cell-tower triangulation (or GPS on the 3G iPhone) into the mix and you’ve potentially got something that’s even better.
One iPhone-development project called “SyncStep” already uses the accelerometer to attempt to sync music to your walking pace, so I believe that technically, it should be possible.
According to several rumors, Nike will be bringing their system to Apple’s touch devices, but it’s hard to imagine them going for a software-only solution, as they mainly benefit from the concept by selling more “Nike+ compatible” shoes.
So if you’re a Mac software developer and feel like taking a stab at this idea, I’ll sell it to you for a new Macbook Pro!
I’ve actually tried this out a bit using AcceleroLog to record the sensor information whilst jogging. Although I couldn’t make much sense out of it, I don’t think it would be that impossible to evaluate it and match the peaks and valleys up with individual strides.
The only issue I can think of is that Apple and Nike probably have a number of patents on the system, which might make a 3rd party app a bit of a tricky proposition…
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