A growing concern among people in the world is to become unhealthy.Too much food combined with too little exercise is a common combination among us. We are exposed to "healthy" food commercials and crazy get-thin-fast reality shows. With modern lifestyle it's easy to eat excessive and exercise less. More than ever it has become vital that individuals have access to a variety of tools to make training as systematic and easy as possible.
Tool - GPS athlete watch with analyzer software!
OK, I’m lazy! so I need motivation to stay fit - how can a piece of GPS technology help me?Well it can’t!But, when you combine a GPS with software that process your data into understandable graphics on maps you will become motivated to exercise again. Investing in a GPS Athlete Watch can make a large difference to runners, joggers, walkers, skiers, hikers as well as to those who need a physical training program to recover from surgery or disease.
This is clear: An GPS Athlete Watch is nothing more than a stop watch with speed and distance values and with the advance models you can also receive heart rate values. So what?I’m still not motivated after my first GPS run?
Here’s the motivator: When you have finished you exercise you download your exercise data into you computer and analyze it in the software. We developed Sportsim software as a motivator tool with a fun factor to compare training runs and view progress and maybe even compete with others.This is your personal motivator: “BEAT YOURSELF AND REPLAY YOUR IMPROVEMENTS AS A VIDEO GAME”. In Sportsim you can replay your exercise on maps – similar to a video game. After some runs you increase your understanding about the values coming out from your GPS device. You get motivated to improve your results and monitor your training endavours, suddenly training become fun! And the fun factor feeds your training motivation.
Google Maps was too good to be left alone.With our new beta release of a Google Maps Replay version you can replay 1 or up to 4 activities simultaneously.This is similar to what we have been doing in larger sport-events where users can replay their race based on chip timing technology in a Java Applet.The Java Applet is better than Google Maps on the replay functionality, but Google Maps solves a seamless global plug and play map coverage problem.
But, the coolest thing with Google Maps is that activities can easily be shared on the Internet with no web browser limitations and requirement for additional software plug-ins.We have also evaluated to use Yahoo Maps or Microsoft’s Virtual Earth, but they fell short because of less global map coverage.Google Maps is today a better choice on coverage, but still very limited for street maps outside North-America/UK/Japan. They have however a global satellite image coverage with 30-15m resolution and with greater detailed resolutions in several larger cities around the globe.
So, will you switch from desktop to web?
No, the combination of desktop and web application will be the best user solution and this is our second step towards an additional web application service for our users. What’s new for us is that Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft now makes this more feasible than ever before in their battle to attract content providers to their map services.
Will you include Google Maps in the desktop application?
No, our main map provider is ESRI ArcWeb Services and that adds increased global coverage compared to Google Maps. We would although consider Google Maps as an option, but that is against the Google Maps API Terms.
Will you also offer the Java Applet for my custom maps?
This is not our focus right now, but we still evaluate the Java Applet as an interesting option for users that will like to use their custom maps.As an example are custom maps required in orienteering.
Search and check out current activities on Google Maps on the Sportsim On Web site. In addition we have added the possibility to view activities in 3D with Google Earth software. Just make sure that you have installed Google Earth software for windows and click the google earth link on the lower right corner.
We got around to introduce Sportsim Weblog as a communication and information hub to our users and visitors.
The aim with this blog is to inform about what's going on from a user view point with: user cases, events, and must have HW gadgets. We will also add information of what is going on behind the scenes in Sportsim.
This will not become a boring text blog so we will add multimedia content as pictures, videos and of course lots of GPS activities presented with our software solutions!