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New app gives treadmill joggers virtual scenic runs

Posted On 2012 Nov 16
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The Virtual Runner app
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(Relaxnews) – If you’re bored with treadmill runs, a new iPad app released last week called Virtual Runner takes you on a spin through some of the world’s most famous jogging paths — such as New York’s Central Park or along the Great Barrier Reef — in high-definition video.

The video is shown from the runner’s point of view to offer an interactive jogging experience, claims Outside Interactive, a Boston-based startup and developer of forward motion video software technology.

“Running on a treadmill can be a very boring experience for many,” Outside Interactive’s president and founder Gary McNamee says. “Our idea is to make the experience more engaging allowing users to learn different race courses before running the race, or view popular running routes of locations such as Central Park or the Washington Mall, or even scenic destinations such as Bali or the Australian Outback, all interactively while at home, at the gym, or on the road.”

The app works by attaching a footpod to your shoelace and plugging a wireless receiver into your iPad. Run faster, and the video will speed up; slow down, and the video will slow down to match your pacing. An on-screen dashboard displays overall time, average pace, distance, and cadence.

An audio component offers natural sounds when the footage was shot, or you can listen to your music playlist. Even cooler, runners can start and stop anywhere along the trail so a long course can be broken up into smaller runs.

The Virtual Runner app is available for $9.99 at the iTunes Store with the videos ranging from $4.99 to $9.99 and more for noted races and marathons.

The app is compatible with health accessories and sports watches utilizing ANT+ wireless technology, such as those from Garmin, Times, Adidas, Wahoo Fitness, and Suunto.

Other apps hoping to cut boredom from your workouts include Zombies, Run!, which combines the undead with an immersive fitness game. Or check out Teemo, a fitness app that lets you partake in a series of globetrotting adventures, such as climbing Mount Everest or hiking the Inca Trail, all in the company of your social network.

Watch a demo of a virtual Central Park course: http://vimeo.com/26263001

http://www.outsideinteractive.com

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