Apple Exercise iPod Tempo Patents

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    Hrmph reports on recent patent applications from Apple which revealed that they have been working on other exercise-related features for the iPod. The recent Apple/Nike partnership Sport Kit revealed earlier this week could just be the start.

    The Nike Sport Kit incorporates an accelerometer placed in your shoe that communicates wirelessly with your iPod nano. The iPod nano then displays additional information about your exercise including time, distance, calories burned and pace.

    The patent application reveals that Apple has also been working on additional features that could sync your exercise to your music. One possibility described is syncing your music to the same tempo as your run.

    Tempos could be adjusted based on user preference, but sample menus also reveal a "Training" option which could offer different tempo profiles, increasing and decreasing over time.
     
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    Can't wait to try this with Metallica. :p
     
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    this would be a real FIGATA.

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    The Nano is now officially the exerciser's iPod.

    That is why I don't own one :D

    Sad, isn't it?
     
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    Christ, I don't exercise.
    I sit here all day reading mac forums.:D
     
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    That's pretty sweet...any chance they'll make it compatable with a 1st gen or 3rd gen iPod? :p
     
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    That would be a pretty cool feature if I had a Nano and could get up off my butt and go run, but that ain't gonna happen.
     
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    Dude, a feature that plays music to how fast you run would be sweet. I already have a playlist of songs that match my walking speed. It sort of makes it feel like you're in a movie or that the world centers around you when things are in sync like that. I wonder if anyone on the street notices how my walking pace will suddenly change without any apparent reason.
     
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    I can see the lawsuits roll in as a rash of speed metal-induced heart attacks sweep though the running communities across the nation. :eek:
     
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    The real question is can it play Eye of the Tiger when I'm running up stairs... :p
     
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    a what now?
     
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    sounds ingenious. apple really is a leader in the market!
     
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    When can I hook this here iPod to my bicycle?

    I saw that Lance Armstrong was one of the Nike/iPod promotors . . . I hope that Lance being involed is some kind of hint of what's to come!
     
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    Yeah, then people like you can sue Apple for selling an iPod that seems to play no music for most of the day.
     
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    "too cool".....

    :)
     
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    A brilliant idea for 4-to-the-floor house music. If, like me, you listen to a lot of math-rock (all sorts of crazy time signatures) and post-hardcore/emo (much of which is in 6/4) ... not so good.
     
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    The tempo thing sounds kinda dumb to me, I don't wanna listen to my music with a funky temp...

    But the Nike shoe thing with running stats sounds pretty cool.
     
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    I love this idea! Got to get me some Taylor Hicks songs!
     
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    Is there any reason why this shouldnt be compatible with the ipod video?
     
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    More exciting than excercise -- I love the idea of iTunes going through my music and setting tempo tags for everything. I was just thinking the other day that it would be great if I could somehow automate creating a playlist of slow music, or dancey music, etc. This would be a really awesome addition.
     
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    What about a tempo sync for lovers? It could be placed near a bed and adjust the music according to the vibrations. Barry White with no/little movement... etc. :)
     
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    It doesn't adjust the tempo of the song, but chooses a song that matches the tempo that you are running at.
     
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    Or the theme from ROCKY.....

    "That would be a pretty cool feature if I had a Nano and could get up off my butt and go run"

    Can we say electric shock? The batteries are suppose to be better.:rolleyes:
     
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    imagine walking with pink floyd... lol
    that'd be something like one step every 2 seconds :D

    my dad runs a bit, and when he first saw this Nike+Apple thing, he thought you put your nano into your shoe :p
     
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    You may not realize it, but it is done daily on the radio. Most radio stations use this kind of method to speed up the play time of a song. I can asure you that you don't notice the difference. The nifty thing here is that it adjust based on user input.
     

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