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Apple patents iTunes, iPhone/iPod-based fitness system

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By Charles Starrett

Contributing Editor
Published: Thursday, March 27, 2008
News Categories: iTunes

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A series of recently published Apple patent filings suggest that the company has developed a considerable digital fitness program for iTunes and touchscreen digital media devices, offering fitness training exercises, performance metrics, and a single integrated control screen with workout information and audio navigation. Originally discovered by AppleInsider, the filings, titled “Integrated sensors for tracking performance metrics,” “Dynamically adaptive scheduling system,” “Rewards systems,” and “Systems and methods for facilitating group activities,” describe a software- and hardware-based fitness system that includes sensors for motion and biometrics, a rewards program, and a system for facilitating group activities in which users can challenge others to match their workout performance. Using iTunes as a starting point, Apple’s system would begin with a computer-based user interview, allowing users to enter current health statistics, list any current medical conditions and/or medications they may be taking, set health goals, and so forth. Following the completion of the interview, the user is presented with suggested exercises, which can be synced to an iPhone or iPod, guiding the user through each exercise. Rewards can also be distributed to users based on individual performance data relative to a larger group’s data.

The date of the filings—March 27, 2007—suggests that Apple has been working on iTunes and touchscreen-based iPod exercise interface expansions for well over a year, preceding the iPod touch’s announcement and release by roughly six months. As with all patent filings, however, these do not necessarily represent any future product releases from Apple, but offer evidence of the company’s research in this area.

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1

I would like to see this used in cycling.  Any comments.

Posted by Rory on March 27, 2008 at 10:18 AM (PDT)

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This would be fantastic if it would follow up with what & when to eat to maximise your results. With Pre-training nutritional suggestions with a results tracker.
This way you could tailor your nutritional intake to maximise the results in the gym.

Posted by Rob w on March 29, 2008 at 4:20 PM (PDT)

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I really hope they release this! I’d love to use it

Posted by Angela on April 1, 2008 at 9:16 PM (PDT)

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I would like to see this used in cycling.
This way you could tailor your nutritional intake to maximise the results in the gym.

Posted by Thushara on April 4, 2008 at 8:52 PM (PDT)

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