Apple developing iOS tech for real-time, head-to-head workout competitions

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in iPhone edited January 2014


Future versions of Apple's iOS software may introduce new fitness technology that will encourage a more competitive spirit by allowing users to compete and share real-time performance data with other users working out at the same time, even if those users reside in different parts of the world.



The technology, which was outlined in a company dated just three months ago, looks to take much of the functionality already available through the Nike+ iPod ecosystem and enhance it with real-time sharing capabilities.



Whereas existing Nike+ iPod technology first requires users to complete their workout before uploading and sharing their performance data with other users on the Nike+ website, Apple's solution would allow users to share live data with other iOS users concurrently working out on similar equipment.



For instance, Apple provides one example where two runners are each working out on treadmills that feed real-time stats to their connected iOS devices. The two runners are able wirelessly sync their iOS devices together during the run an view each other's current pace, distance, calories burned, heart rate, blood pressure, and even blood oxygen levels.



"These treadmills may be located in the same building, or they may be located in different buildings, in different cities, or even in different continents," Apple says in the filing. "In this example, media on one media player can be shared between the two treadmills. Also, data from both treadmills can be displayed on each treadmill, thus showing the users their respective standings in the competition."



User data, prompts, and other information may be generated and displayed on the iOS devices themselves or the treadmills' larger display screens. However, Apple notes that the concept isn't limited to just treadmills and can also apply to an elliptical stepper, stationary bicycle, weight machine, or even a traditional bicycle.



Additionally, Apple added that such fitness equipment may also have other means of receiving input data, such as an embedded track pad, and that the head-to-head competitions can be pit between more than just two participants.









Depending on the proximity of the users to each other, the iOS devices may communicate over short distances using, for example, Bluetooth, one or more of the IEEE 802.11 standards, or other wireless, optical, or wired connections. The media players may also communicate with each other over long distances, for example using the Internet, cellular, or other connection, Apple said.



Nowhere in the filing, which is partially credited to Apple's Made for iPod chief Donald Ginsburg, does Apple refer to the existing Nike+ technology, possibly suggesting that the company will further distance itself from the shoemaker as part of its future fitness initiatives, instead relying on its own technology and its more than half-dozen professional fitness equipment partners who have already begun marketing iOS-compatible machines.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 14
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,492member
    NO thanks!



    Edit... I have enough competition ... it's called me!
  • Reply 2 of 14
    So, - soon we can experience "The Aplympics" - sort of interesting. Compete with my buddy in Japan ?
  • Reply 3 of 14
    Thats actually pretty cool. I'd exercise more if it meant I was pwning my friends who were also exercising Everyone loves a lil competition.
  • Reply 4 of 14
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by thegreatbosan View Post


    So soon we can experience "The Aplympics" - sort of interesting. Compete with my buddy in Japan ?



    Olympapps. Have a whole set of them.
  • Reply 5 of 14
    It would be nice if this was compatible with ANT+, a wireless protocol already in use by companies like Polar, Garmin, SRM, and others. Since ANT+ lives in the 2.4Ghz spectrum, along with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, it would seem that most current iOS devices could support it.



    http://www.thisisant.com/ant/ant-interoperability
  • Reply 6 of 14
    asciiascii Posts: 5,936member
    LOL, I think I'll give that one a miss.
  • Reply 7 of 14
    Apple/Third Party programmers have yet to come up with a killer fitness app--and it is frustrating. The iPod/iPhone platform is very well suited for creating a comprehensive fitness app--regularly updated--and with various integration points (BMI, Food planning, Rest cycles, music).

    I would actually prefer it happen in the iPod Nano, becuase having my iPhone on the gym floor is not a great solution.
  • Reply 8 of 14
    Great, now I can be told I'm slow and fat in dozens of languages.
  • Reply 9 of 14
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 13,002member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by digitalclips View Post


    NO thanks!



    Edit... I have enough competition ... it's called me!



    Who are you, Soli?
  • Reply 10 of 14
    paxmanpaxman Posts: 4,705member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Xero910 View Post


    Thats actually pretty cool. I'd exercise more if it meant I was pwning my friends who were also exercising Everyone loves a lil competition.



    Yup - nothing more boring than 'competing against myself'. Ideally the thing should be programmed into the running, bicycling or rowing machines so that the same track or course can be loaded on both ends. Now all you need is to set up FaceTime on the iPad and off you go. Nothing like seeing how your opponent is suffering more than you to spur you on. ;-)
  • Reply 11 of 14
    nagrommenagromme Posts: 2,834member
    Apple patents every idea they come up with, regardless of any current plans to develop or use them.



    Apple?s not "developing tech? here... they?re ?making drawings.? The idea is real, the implication that anything in the works is pure speculation?and very unlikely given Apple?s patent history.
  • Reply 12 of 14
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by nagromme View Post


    Apple patents every idea they come up with, regardless of any current plans to develop or use them.



    Apple?s not "developing tech? here... they?re ?making drawings.? The idea is real, the implication that anything in the works is pure speculation?and very unlikely given Apple?s patent history.



    Correct. This story is titled completely wrong.
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  • Reply 14 of 14
    rolandgrolandg Posts: 632member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by msimpson View Post


    It would be nice if this was compatible with ANT+



    Just what I wanted to post...



    May there be any contractual commitments with Nike holding them back?
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