You prefer jogging with a partner than jogging alone -but you can't find someone nearby who runs at the same place ? Jogging Over Distance just might be the answer to your prayers. The system makes it possible to jog with the perfect partner even if the person lives in another city. How ? By using mobile phone and GPS technology to transform a phone conversation into a 3D audio experience : While you run, you can hear your partner's voice coming from the front, to the side, or behind, depending on how fast or slow he or she is running.
Technical details ?
- As the person runs, the GPS data is collected and transmitted wirelessly to the miniature computer, which the jogger wears in a close-fitting backpack.
- An algorithm on the computer determines how fast each person is running in relation to his or her partner and calculates a sound position. It uses the value of the sound position to change the audio each jogger hears.
- As one jogger speaks, the partner hears the voice as coming from the front (if the partner is jogging faster), from the side (if they're running at the same pace), or from behind (if they're moving slower).
Cool isn't it, the social jogging ? Hearing other people as you're exercising is a very good motivation: Wireless technology means you never have to run alone again :-)