Tuesday, April 28, 2015

RecordBreaker - Simple Android app for keeping the running pace or breaking speed records.

Simple app for keeping the running pace or breaking speed records.

You enter the target speed and alert levels and the app speaks the difference of current speed to target speed in kilometers/hour. Just put on your bluetooth headset and you have a much cheaper version of Recon HUD.

There are two different alerts, one when you are slower than target and one for faster speeds.
You can set different pitches of speech for both alerts so you can recognize which alert you are hearing.

You can also set "safe zone" around target speed where no readings are read aloud.

Software uses GPS location and haversine formula to calculate speed. Doppler data not used, sorry.
If you set output filename, app also logs the measurements to file.

The app uses no network. Therefore you might need to install first some other app that uses Google Text-to-speech and installs it. I chose the "no network" road that you might feel more safe with app. No ads.

Settings:
UpperFarLimit: Speeds >= TargetSpeed + UpperFarLimit are not read aloud.
UpperPitch: Speech pitch for faster than target speed alerts.
UpperNearLimit: Speeds >= TargetSpeed + UpperNearLimit are read aloud.
TargetSpeed: One setting to set the target speed.
LowerNearLimit: Speeds <= TargetSpeed - UpperNearLimit are read aloud.
LowerPitch: Speech pitch for slower than target speed limits.
LowerFarLimit: Speeds <= TargetSpeed - UpperFarLimit are not read aloud.
Measuring interval: GPS measuring interval in seconds. Depends on your hardware.
Log File: File name for log file. If empty, no log file.
Read Interval: Sets how often alerts are read aloud. When set for instance to 3, every third GPS measurement is read aloud. Every measurement will still be written to screen and to log file.

RecordBreaker

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