Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Cruise Control: Run Automatically Matches Music to Your Running Pace

This is pretty good, slow down and the play list slows down as well, speed up, well you guessed it faster beat. This would work well with one of my ideas InSendtive.

Get ready to rock your run! Part coach and part dance partner, Cruise Control produces magical running experiences. It adjusts your music in real-time to control your running and keep you on track to hit your target pace, heart rate, or cadence. We call it Cruise Control because it works a lot like cruise control in your car - you set your target, and the music will keep adjusting its rhythm, just like the car adjusts its throttle, to get you to your target and keep you there. 

But Cruise Control is way more fun than pushing a button in your car! Imagine flying down the trail at exactly the speed you want, with every beat of every playlist song synchronized to your footfalls. It feels like your favorite band is right there with you, timing their kick drum to drive you faster and further. When we use it, we always get “Cruise Control Moments” - irrepressible smiles that stretch from ear to ear, outbursts of singing, and even some high-fiving of random dog walkers. Yeah, you can look a little goofy, but it sure feels great.

Under the hood of Cruise Control is some serious science. Researchers from the Locomotion Lab at Simon Fraser University used a combination of human experiments and control theory to develop algorithms that control your running speed and intensity in real-time. They filed patents, we licensed the technology, and together we built this App. * Patents Pending*
There are 4 ways to Cruise Control your run:

FREE RUN: A good place to start! Just go for a run and the rhythm of the music will adjust to match your running rhythm. Automatically. 

PACE: Pick a target speed and go! As long as you match your steps to the rhythm of the music, the music will get you to your target speed and keep you there. How accurately? Our lab tests show that the average pacing error is less than 1%.

HEART RATE: Pick a target heart rate and go! Just like Pace Mode, as long as you match your steps to the rhythm of the music, the music will drive you to your heart rate goal. Our lab tests found that, on average, the measured heart rate is within 2 beats per minute of the target. Of course, you will need a Heart Rate Monitor for this mode.

CADENCE: Special order for the 90 strides per minute junkies! Pick a target stride rate and Cruise Control will adjust all your songs to play at the same tempo. This mode is also great for showing off how our algorithms can change music tempo without changing music pitch. No Alvin, Simon and Theodore here! 
Cruise Control is no one-trick pony. It is a full-featured running app.
✓ Listen to your music. CC pulls good running songs from the music already on your phone into the app automatically. Need more tunes? Follow us on Twitter @CruiseCtrlRun or check for run-tested playlists.
✓ Customize your favorite songs into epic playlists.
✓ Control your music on the run by switching songs or playlists or using the thumb-up and thumb-down feature to keep track of those great and not-so-great tunes. 
✓ Accurately measure running pace and cadence using the iPhone’s built-in sensors. 
✓ Pair with ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart heart rate monitors and stride sensors for even more running data. Check out our favs at
✓ View your pace, cadence, heart rate and route map as you run including current, average and maximum values. 
✓ Review your running history. CC logs of all your runs - including mileage, distance, map, pace, cadence and heart rate – and organizes them by date in the history tab.
✓ Share your runs via Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
✓ Email your runs including all your data for uploading to your favorite training website (e.g. MapMyFitness, Runkeeper, Strava, etc.).
✓ Works seamlessly with the iPhones 4, 4S and 5. 3GS not supported.

Have questions? We're here to help! ( Now, go rock your run!

Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.