Feeds

Apple to revamp iPod as personal fitness trainer

ITunes me body up

The essential guide to IT transformation

Apple may have an existing exercise product partner, Nike, but several Apple patent applications have sprung-up online describing the company’s designs for a physical fitness system of its own.

apple_patent-fitness-080327-1

Apple's exercise software: log-in and get fit

The exercise software appears to be based around iTunes and works like a personal trainer – only you can turn this one off. Users set up the software by entering their vital statistics, such as weight, exercise objectives, preferred types of exercise and, of course, when you want to exercise.

apple_patent-fitness-080327-6

The software clearly states exercise goals

From this information, the software then calculates a personalised workout routine for you. Schedules are synched onto your Apple device, such as an iPod Touch, which you'll then need to carry with you during the workout.

apple_patent-fitness-080327-20

Watch those pounds melt away

Each workout can be divided into several sections, which should hopefully mean they don’t get too boring. For example, the software may ask you to exercise for 45 minutes in a session consisting of five minutes of squat thrusts here and 15 minutes of jogging there.

apple_patent-fitness-080327-19

Each workout can be different

Your progress is tracked on the iTunes application and, provided you put the work in, it should show your weight dropping as time goes by. A rewards system would be built into the software, to help stop you straying from the exercise path. A show-off section for pitting your gladiatorial fitness figures against other peoples’ stats is also mentioned.

An additional set of sketches also appear to show Apple’s plans for accompanying fitness equipment. The hardware looks designed to monitor your body’s vital signs, such as heartbeat, while you’re exercising. A multi-positional iPod holder is also shown, allowing the music device to be strapped to various bits of your body.

The associated patents haven’t been granted yet but, if they are, then you can soon expect to be sweating to the oldies – literally.

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER
Analyst predicts fanbois will have to wait until next year
AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else
Chip maker claims the Radeon R9 285 is 'best in its class'
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Apple to build WORLD'S BIGGEST iStore in Dubai
It's not the size of your shiny-shiny...
Just in case? Unverified 'supersize me' iPhone 6 pics in sneak leak peek
Is bigger necessarily better for the fruity firm's flagship phone?
Steve Jobs had BETTER BALLS than Atari, says Apple mouse designer
Xerox? Pff, not even in the same league as His Jobsiness
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?