updated 01:00 pm EST, Mon December 28, 2009
Pedal Brain uses ANT+ for fitness info on iPods
Start-up company Pedal Brain has released a new iPhone/iPod touch app along with a piece of hardware that gives athletes use of accessories beyond just the Nike+ system. The self-titled device lets heart monitors, pedometers and others peripherals that use the ANT+ wireless protocol send information to the Apple device. Aimed at cyclists, the Pedal Brain Synapse hardware plugs into the Apple device and displays real-time data along with GPS to show the position of other cyclists. The app will also upload a log file onto Pedal Brain's website, letting users view a more detailed analysis of their ride afterwards.
Another unique feature allows coaches to view the logs, letting riders get advice from a real trainer who helps them plan future rides and track their progress. Unlike other cycling apps available, Pedal Brain founder Matt Bauer maintains his product provides information the others do not, such as power used. Others rely only on GPS data for distance covered and speed, making a guess at best as to how much energy was exerted.
The Pedal Brain accessory and app, which was approved by Apple, will be available at local bike shops in the spring. While a final price hasn't been set, the add-on is expected to fall between $130 and $190. The online service will have a subscription fee associated with it, though a time-limited trial will be available at first. [via TechCrunch]