Currently in development and Created by Mothership, Kinetic is a GPS-based tracking and training app for running, cycling, hiking, walking… designed specifically to help you measure, record, store, review and analyse your location based data. Packaged in a beautiful interface with features to amaze and only grow with time, Kinetic is/will be a must for every iPhone. Guys at Mothership sent us an ad-hoc and although I am not a big runner myself, this is an app that I will want to use for all my location based activities and in the future I hope much more…
Because Kinetic is module based, ie your mix and match different modules according to your preference and activity, you are able to build you own perfect tracker. Included are time, distance and location which allows you to keep track of your time and distance covered, and see the route you’re on with live mapping and real-time markers. Speed and pace display average speed and pace, and lets you view live speed history graph to monitor your progress. Also included are altitude and compass which display current altitude and ascent/descent rates over both distance and time as well as an altitude history graph. Things don’t stop here. The team is hard at work to release the 1.0 version and at the same time excited about the endless possibilities that can be included in the future. Some of these will include full on Marathon training packs, audio and customisable training plans as well as ways to output data with all the recorded time and location to use as you like whether this be for art projects or else.
Another feature of Kinetic is the ability to change the app style. Kinetic comes with a number of styles preloaded, including Dashboard – which is designed specifically for night time use and comes in a number of alternative flavours. Of course, the team will add more styles with future app updates.
The app was submitted to the AppStore three days ago and should be available within a week or two. – Now Available. Included also is the lite version, ad supported which allows you to transfer your data to the full version once you are ready to make the jump. The full version will be available for $2.99 (for a limited time).
Mothership was established in 2010 by Stuart Eaton, Nick Hingston and Tim Juby to develop and build intelligently designed software that meets the highest of standards and are enjoyable to use. We care about getting the user experience right. We believe in making software that serves a purpose, making sure that it is as functional, engaging and as simple to use as possible. Creativity and innovation shaped by good design.
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I wanted the experience to feel fluid and different, so really what I've made is a video game main menu, which was the intention. The application basically loads in a level of data (teams, seasons, games, single games) and lets you move horizontally within that level without having to reload anything. Once you choose to dig deeper into the data the program reaches out to the server and grabs the requested data, and then you move to the next level. This only happens moving forward, because while you have a number of choices moving forward you only have one choice moving backwards, which means that the app caches xml from previous views so they show up instantly. In summary the app is just a lot of GL programming with OF and a lot of data parsing into usuable objects. It isn't extremely complicated per say but it was extremely time consuming. What about the addons? Other people's addons: ofxThread - loading data and displaying animation at the same time ofxTweenzor - by Nick Hardeman for all animation ofxBox2d - (Originally by Todd Vanderlin but I might have modified it a bit) ofxVectorMath (included in oF) ofxXmlSettings for reading files (included in oF) My own addons: ofxFreeType2 is a rewrite of the font engine for OF that makes things display crisper and true to photoshop @72dpi ofxVtronImageTexture is basically an ofImage that clears its pixels after loading so the footprint is much smaller ofxFileLoader is a class for loading files from a URL/network address using Poco and returning them as a string or saving them to disk The data is a whole other story. Obtaining the data? The data that I am dealing with is mainly available in its rawest form as bare text files on Retrosheet. This data is pretty much unusable, but there are command line unix tools called Chadwick (named after the first person to invent the baseball box score) that will parse these files and return them in a usable .csv format. From there I am moving them into a structured MySQL database. Luckily there was a website and a really great guy (Wells Oliver) who are into this kind of thing and have written some Python scripts that integrate with Chadwick and fetch the Retrosheet files. I had to make some modifications (mainly add in playoff data since it wasn't there) and getting MySQLdb up and running with MAMP was a bit of a pain, but otherwise it went smoothly. This process took ~2 hours to run or so, and I was left with a basic database. I then downloaded the Baseball Databank (baseball-databank.org) which was thankfully in MySQL format. This database has more basic information about teams and seasons vs individual plays. Parsing the Data? Once I actually had the data I figured out what I didn't have and wrote PHP scripts to create new tables based on the existing data. Things like the standings for every team every day for 60 seasons. These scripts took FOREVER to run so a lot of times I would have to carry my laptop with me everywhere and open it up and resume the terminal process (using PHP CLI). Once I had absolutely everything I needed (or at least thought I did) I created an API that let me query some PHP files and return either JSON or XML. I'm using XML for the project mainly because it is built into OF. This is when I ended up at version 1, which was presented last May for the Parsons MFA DT thesis show. Version 2 Immediately after finishing school I was admittedly burnt out on the project and took a month or two to get my business started (Vargatron) and get client work. I was also in negotiations with a company to possibly license Pennant but thing ended up not working out and I think we were both happy to walk away from this in the end. This reinvigorated me to get the project out there and going, but I had some big problems: I had furiously coded it to get it done for a deadline and it was in many parts held together with duct tape. It would crash frequently and the data loaded slowly. So I spent December and January rewriting the program and rethinking my data strategy. The epiphany I had with the data was that the API requests were the biggest bottleneck, but the data never really changes. So I rewrote some of the API, added in a few extra things, and then let a script run for multiple days that saves out the entire database to flat XML files. I then hooked this up with Amazon AWS services (A3 and CloudFront) and the data flies now for super cheap. This took the stress off my servers and made the app a lot better. What influenced the design of the app? The idea behind the design of the app is that we have been viewing the same box score for baseball games for almost 100 years now. There has been an enormous push for live content to be at the forefront of modern technology, but after the game is over stats are tossed into a morgue, neatly tagged and put away for few to see. Meanwhile a few dedicated people have been collecting these stats and making them publicly available, but in a very dry, numerical format. I wanted to create something that took these detailed accounts and brought them back to life, made them feel like baseball. The app itself is about, overall, memories. It isn't about statistics per-say, but more about what memories are hidden in the statistics. The most rewarding part of the app is watching someone pick it up and find a game they went to 20 years ago and instantly start to remember it. The smells, the sounds, the mood, who they were with etc. This also drove the look and feel. I am a huge fan of nostalgic baseball memorabilia, and there has been a large retro push in sports over the last 10 years, so this made the most sense to me. The project also originally started as a way to create new baseball cards using a touch interface, so this paradigm followed through to the menus. Final words? I think one thing that I'd like people in the data visualization world to get out of this app is that they are missing out on sports. I have been to a number of talks by people in the data visualization industry where they poke fun at sports or make comments like "Who cares about sports". It is almost like a reverse of Revenge of the Nerds, where the nerds (I completely consider myself a nerd!) hate the jocks and don't want to be seen as associated with them in any way. I don't think that you have to like sports (or anything that you don't want to), but you can't deny that the amount of data that is available and untapped in the sports world is immense. There are an enormous amount of stories to be told if you give it a chance. Many thanks Steve! You can download/read Steve's thesis document here (15mb PDF) and read more about the app here. Platform: iPad Version: 1.0 Cost: $4.99 Developer: […]
Posted on: 20/09/2010
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