Apple launched the iPhone 5s earlier this week and one of the interesting new capabilities it revealed was the M7 chip that continuously tracks data from the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass. All 3 sensors have been previously available but until now could not be run in the background (something I would have really liked to have had 3 years ago when I buit Fitaide which used the accelerometer).
There’s already been speculation on the potential impact this could have on wearables like Fitbit & Nike Fuelband, which pretty much offer the same benefit today in a dedicated device. On the plus side this could also end up helping wearables by giving them a user base to upgrade from a ‘lite’ experience, so its not a surprise that Nike was amongst the first to launch an app, called Nike+ Moves.
The core technology however has many potential applications and got me thinking about doing an experimental app that could demonstrate some cool new features. Here are a few ideas, pick the one you would personally like to use. Also let me know, via comments or other means, any other suggestions you have.
UPDATE (09/25) : The poll is now closed, thanks to everyone who participated. You can see the results below. And now comes the fun stuff … we’re going to build out an app that will have the top 2 features that won in the poll. Look out for the wireframes in the blog post below!