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Front Mounted iPad

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A iPad mounted on a bike.

An iPad front mounted on a bike.

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Front mounted iPad for stationary bikes.

  • Apr 1, 2010
Rating:
+5

I'm a big macFanBoy, so much so that I'll be front and center this Saturday morning when the doors open to what will sure be "the next big thing" to come out of Cupertino, CA. The iPad will no doubt be pretty kick-ass, despite what critics and iPhobes say. 

The ball is already rolling for the intrepid individuals trying to capitalize and monetize on it's inevitable success. Just look at all the iPhone software developers (me included) who are climbing on each others backs to get into the Apple App Store with an iPad HD / XL application. 

I have been looking and looking for an idea for an app intended to run exclusively on the iPad, and I'm happy to announce that I have been inspired, I think. Please tell me what you think. 

I'm proposing to create an application that can be used on a stationary bike, with a built in book/ magazine mount, or a real-life bicycle with a yet-to-be-conjured-up custom iPad mount. The latter option will hopefully be used in a stationary setting using a bicycle trainer. Either way the application will work like this: 

1. You start the app on your iPad, set it in landscape mode and mount it on your bike.
2. Set the environment you'd like to cycle in (i.e. desert, mountains, city, etc).
3. Set your workout intensity, start pedaling, and enjoy.

The app will begin playing a video simulating a ride (first person POV) in your desired environment, with sounds of course (iPod functionality is optional).

The speed of the simulation will be synced to your cadence. Notifications will also appear indicating changing conditions ahead (i.e. 10% incline, strong headwind,etc), this way you can increase your difficulty settings and intensify your workout. It's intended to be a workout trainer / mood setter while you ride-in-place.

That's it for now, it's a rough draft of what could be a cool workout companion on what will be an amazing piece of hardware. I welcome any feedback from avid cyclists of all kinds, all I ask is that you not steal my idea. Thank you!!!!

Romeo.

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April 06, 2010
Ok, so now that I've had my iPad for a few days, I'm kind of rethinking the entire idea. Seems to me that while the screen is big and beautiful, the entire device is probably poor suited for this purpose.

The main reason that I'm sheepishly backing out of this project is that it would require much more than simple programming on my part. I want to integrate the device with the physical bicycle in a way that the user could interact with both from the iPad (i.e. control your workout settings directly from the inside the application). That would require designing more than just an app, it would probably require designing actual hardware. Simply put, the project is too ambitious to be feasible for me. 

Thank you all for the feedback, you're an incredible bunch. 
August 29, 2010
 
April 05, 2010
If you build this, I might just be persuaded to go to the gym! :D Excellent idea!
 
April 02, 2010
Great post I like the idea of sharing wishlist ideas for iPad apps. "Here's what I want, now someone else go build it!" :-) I may have to write up my Ultimate Remote Control review soon....
 
April 02, 2010
Whoa, this idea would make your bike into one of those machines at the gym! Cool concept! :)
 
April 02, 2010
I like this idea. Different scenery and different simulated challenges could be very fun and engaging.
 
April 01, 2010
Very cool, Romeo. Especially for those rainy weather states. ;) Keep me posted on your progress with this. Should be very well received, I would think. Thanks for sharing!
 
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