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Hi, I am starting to develop a phone app aimed at the fitness market, which will help users to maintain, improve and measure their fitness. It will take data from a wireless heart rate monitor (chest strap), the phone’s GPS sensor and from user input (e.g. weight).

Of course this can already be done (e.g. Runkeeper, CardioTrainer, iFitness) and the app will include all of the features and analysis present in these apps. However, I am also looking to include novel features that are not available elsewhere – which is where you can help!

What I would like to know is the kind of novel features that you would find useful in such an app. Are there things like VO2max and EPOC which could be calculated and which you would find useful? I have access to expertise in signal analysis and machine learning – is there any information that might be extracted from the sensor data which you might find useful, e.g. breathing rate, a measure of the user’s level of fitness (e.g. Conconi test), a measure of when exercise intensity is too high?

Thanks for your time – when (if!) the product comes to market I will send each of you who provides useful feedback with a free sensor/app as an expression of my gratitude.
Thanks very much,
Tom

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In my experience, the iPhone and Android apps lack pace alerts.

In my opinion, this is vital for a fitness app, and the main reason I'd never leave my Garmin at home in favour of my smart phone.

I believe that pace control is vital, especially for beginners.
 

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I agree with Gruff Eddie. It'd also be very nice if the web interface allowed creation of intervals.

It's a pain to enter complex intervals into Runkeeper.

Better still, instead of just having "slow/steady/fast" options for intervals, tie into the pace control. Being able to set more specific goals for intervals would be very nice for beginners.

A number of people have also asked for more Nike type playlist selection based on interval goals, and performance... Ie, kicking in a power song when you're slowing down and not meeting goals. This is lacking in a lot of tracking apps. With this, it'd be good to make sure it works with things like Spotify.
 

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Outrun - weekly step contest

Outrun allows you to win actual real life money (transferred to your chosen account), by competing in weekly contests to get the most steps. We also reward the runner-ups with prizes for those who place 2nd to 10th. Your steps are tracked using your chosen tracking app; Apple’s Health app, FitBit or Garmin. And that’s it, simple as that.

Link to app: ‎Outrun - weekly step contest

Website: Outrun - weekly step contest

Much love 🖤
 
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