Nick on 28 Aug, 2013 07:30 PM
Hi, you are the first to ask to track such small distances.
The phone is no way accurate enough to time a 60m run...let alone a 40m could be more than a couple of seconds either way out...
Maybe will work in the future - somehow, but you'll need to somehow communicate that the run has started and you have covered the distance other than by GPS - so will need to support an accessory of some kind I guess.
Actually I was surprised, but the distance is fairly accurate most times. I would say it is off distance more than it would be off seconds.
Still, I was thinking more of preset sprinting distances. i.e. most sprinters will run on a track anyway. They will usually run certain distances like the 60m, 100m, etc....
In my case, I measured off 60m on a hill, and I run that.
One hurdle I see, that I have struggled with is the start and stop. It would be beneficial to use one of the buttons for this purpose. Having to look at the screen you loose a second or two as you look to make sure you pushed it and the timer has started. Then when you get to the end you have to get the "start" button to reappear before you can stop, which I easily look 2 to 3 seconds doing.
Thanks for the discussion.
I don't even know if you can "borrow" a button, as I would guess that Apple keeps that stuff locked down. But wanted to throw it out there.
Nick on 31 Aug, 2013 07:12 AM
We only get one position per second. So on a 60m run say your doing it in 7 secs, thats potentially a second either way depending on when you got the first and last positions. Then there is the inaccuracy of the GPS, which changes depending on weather and what satellites there are in the area...but in normal operation, with a good signal, its about 10m...
I have had a camera app rejected in the past for using the volume button. Apple's own camera app now uses the volume button, so i guess their policy has changed on this...so, may be possible...will certainly consider adding something like this.
I understand what you are saying about the GPS accuracy. That makes since.
Also, I think I understand your position a little better after some more thought. Considering that the app is named "Kinetic" GPS, my suggestion kind of takes it out of the realm of that functionality, or at least puts it in a position to not perform well using GPS.
If not, it is not the end of the world. Right now I just use a "stopwatch" program and keep track of my time mentally. Fortunately I only do 2 to 3 sprints right now, but hope to build up to about 10.
Thanks for listening,
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