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a new mobile application that allows joggers to socialize & motivate each other while jogging in geographically distant locations through the use of spatially distributed audio. while each partner jogs, speed data is collected & used to spatially position the audio of the conversation in a 2D sound environment. as one jogger speaks, their partner hears the localized audio & is able to detect whether the other person is going faster, same pace, or slower, & thus is in front, to the side, or behind, respectively.

similar to a collocated setting, the audio cues runners when to speed up or slow down in order to “stay” with their partner. the joggers can discuss running routes, motivate each other to keep pace, or simply listen to the environment noises of the other location. technically, the prototype consists of 2 identical systems, each with a miniature computer, a Bluetooth GPS device, a wireless modem, a mobile phone & a headset.

[link: exertioninterfaces.com (movie available) & exertioninterfaces.com (PDF)|via abc.net.au]

see also hug shirt.



(images from Mueller, F. '., O'Brien, S., and Thorogood, A. 2007. Jogging over a distance: supporting a "jogging together" experience although being apart. In CHI '07 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (San Jose, CA, USA, April 28 - May 03, 2007). CHI '07. ACM Press, New York, NY)


Seems like a good enough idea, but when I go jogging, I don't have much conversation. Especially toward the middle / end of the jog.

Plus, people might think they'd look silly, running along talking to thin air (unless there's some obvious visual cue like holding a microphone to their mouth).

Now, if there is *also* music along with being able to talk to / motivate eachother to keep going, then I can see it being better.

Sat 19 May 2007 at 2:10 AM

You kinda hope they'll hit red lights at the same time...

Wed 23 May 2007 at 2:23 PM
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