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Apple patent application proposes fitness center iPhone app

updated 01:05 pm EDT, Thu April 28, 2011

Would push beyond Nike+ technlogy

A new Apple patent application hints at the possibility of an official fitness center app for iPhones. The software would have hooks for social networking, one example being the ability to find a workout buddy, whether at a specific fitness center or anywhere in a given city. A gaming aspect would allow people to challenge each other, say by beating running times.

More practical aspects would allow people to locate centers, check on available classes, and access promotions. News, scheduling and reminders might also be integrated. Boosting the exercise experience itself would be training and how-to modules, and methods of tracking workout performance.

Any such app would likely be an extension of the Nike+iPod technology Apple has developed for some time. While originally just meant to track running using special shoe sensors, the concept has since been expanded to allow plugging an iPhone or iPod into compatible cardio machines at a gym. An enhanced fitness app could be used to promote both Nike+iPod-ready devices and support from gyms, as a relatively small number of facilities have compatible machines.

by MacNN Staff



  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Can you please stop constantly refreshing this Moshi Cardette giveaway on your RSS feed. It's getting VERY annoying, thanks.

  1. ggirton

    Joined: Dec 1969


    with apps like this

    why be a developer?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Didn't realize you could patent an entire application.

    Guess Zuckerburg screwed up. He should have patented social-networking stuff. Would have made a fortune.

  1. facebook_Clarence

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Apr 2011


    Been done already

    This already exists. Just not as an iPhone app.

    Copy machines/patent trolls at Apple are going full speed.

  1. Zanziboy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Some capabilities have to be standard

    Third parties rarely develop large scale applications for mobile platforms. If Apple had not developed iMovie for the iPhone, there never would have been a video editing package on the phone! Developers want to get the maximum return from the minimal development effort. (e.g. Angry Birds)

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