Using a GPS receiver with your Pocket PC? Track your fitness and workouts
with your Pocket PC using the GPS technology, and then view your routes on your
Pocket PC, Google Maps or MapMyRide!
Use VidaOne GPS with
MyPersonalDiet (sold separately) to record the duration, distance, pace, ascent (altitude gain) and visualize the route of
your workouts, without having to purchase additional sport
tracking equipment. Simply turn your GPS receiver on and start tracking your
workouts! Ideal for casual or competitive walking, hiking,
running, road cycling, mountain biking, kayaking, golfing, skiing, etc.
At the end of your workout, the
route, duration, distance, pace and ascent can be saved in
a workout within MySportTraining and MyPersonalDiet, so you do not have to write in the information.
You can add more information to the workout (heart
rate, perceived exertion, etc.) and
use the various views (month, report)
and charts (duration, distance,
calories, etc.) in MySportTraining and MyPersonalDiet to see how much you’ve accomplished and how rewarding all your
efforts are. MySportTraining and MyPersonalDiet also calculate the calories you burnt along the corresponding
fat loss automatically!
You can also see your routes on Google Maps
Click here to upload and see your routes
||See the routes you recorded with VidaOne GPS on
Google Maps with its surroundings (as long as Google Maps can show the
location). Like any Google Map, you can drag the map with your mouse,
zoom in & out, get satellite and hybrid views, etc. And it's free!
|[Click here to see a demo]
Share your routes on MapMyRide (login required) to allow other
people to see your routes and stay motivated to exercise! VidaOne, Inc.
is not affiliated with MapMyFitness, LLC and is independently owned and
[Click here to see a demo]
You can also customize and enhance the workout maps by entering pushpins
(points of interests), such as convenient stores, parks, lakes, golf courses, restaurants, hospitals, malls, construction areas to avoid,
etc. You can enter pushpins while recording your workouts or by tap-and-holding
their location while viewing a map.
The Real-Time Satellite View shows you the position, altitude and signal
strength of all GPS satellites whose signals are received by the GPS receivers.
This can help you find a better location to improve the signal quality.
The integration with MySportTraining makes it truly
useful and powerful. If you have say 45 minutes to complete a workout on your
lunch time, you can use MySportTraining's Calendar or Report views to quickly find a previous
45-minute-or-so workout and view the exact route you took. You're then ready to
go, without wondering where to go, where to turn and what areas to avoid. More
importantly, you do not have to constantly look at your watch during the workout
to adjust your
route and make sure you'll be back in time. And if you have less
time, say 30 minutes, then review a past 30-minute workout, look at the route
and go! You save time, add diversity to your workouts by
using different routes, and spend more time enjoying your workouts instead of
worrying about completing them in time.
Since VidaOne GPS is fully integrated into MySportTraining
and MyPersonalDiet, there's no new user interface to
learn, and there's only one application to use! VidaOne GPS supports
portrait (240x320), landscape (320x240) and square (240x240) screen resolutions,
and runs on Windows Mobile 2003, 2003 Second Edition and Windows Mobile 5.0.
||MySportTraining 6 or newer -or-
MyPersonalDiet 4 or newer
||150Kb to store MySportTraining GPS, either in RAM or on a storage card.
||A GPS receiver, either bundled with your Pocket PC or connected to it via a
cable or Bluetooth. You must be able to identify the COM port used by the GPS receiver (the
user’s guide explains how to obtain this information in seconds for most Pocket
PC). The accuracy of the route information provided by MySportTraining GPS is as
good as the precision of the GPS receiver.
||The size of each map file is about 15 Kb per hour of
||What is GPS?
Global Positioning System (GPS) is a space-based radio-navigation system consisting
of satellites and ground stations used for monitoring and control.
A minimum of 24 GPS satellites orbit the Earth at an altitude of approximately 11,000 miles
providing users with accurate information on position, velocity, and time anywhere in the world
and in all weather conditions.
||How precise is GPS for workout tracking?
The precision depends on the GPS receiver
itself, which reports the position information. Due to various factors,
the current position at any moment can
vary by up to 10 meters (30 feet). This may seem a lot, but it's
actually adequate for workout tracking. However, the
altitude may vary much further, resulting in the ascent (elevation
gain) being inaccurate. Fortunately, the accuracy of the GPS receivers has
improved recently and continue to become more precise.
||Which GPS receiver is the best
and how much does it cost?
There are too many GPS receivers to pick one and various options influence
their prices (some come with navigation software,
some connect to the Pocket PC using Bluetooth
instead of a cable, etc.) Look for GPS receivers that are NMEA-compatible
(the vast majority are). Also GPS receivers that feature the
SiRF StarIIe or
SiRF starIII chipset
usually provide adequate tracking, and start at about US$140 (as of March
2006). These GPS manufacturers (among others) offer such GPS receivers:
VidaOne does not endorse any of these manufacturers nor their products.
||Are there any risk about carrying
my Pocket PC during my workouts?
Most Pocket PC do not have mechanical components making them
suitable for carrying them with us. However, like any other
electronic equipment, they are sensitive to impacts, water, contaminants
(e.g. sweat, sand), etc. It is best to carry them with a hard case that
fully covers them (and protects the screen), and keep them steady in a
jersey pocket. During our testing, they also supported being stored in a bicycles' saddle bag,
even on harsh terrain (i.e. mountain biking). However,
consult your Pocket PC user's guide for
temperature tolerances and do not use them if it's too cold or too hot
(here's a warning from an iPAQ 4150
after a 90-minute workout at a temperature
of about 39°C / 102°F). In doubt, consider getting a used Pocket PC on
eBay for your workouts!
VidaOne is not responsible for any damage that can occur to your Pocket PC
while conducting workouts.