SportsDo – GPS based activity tracking

My previous post about the Nike+ system left me searching for a similar solution for non-iPod users… without a lot of luck, but Mark let me know about, which is very cool. This site/software uses any GPS enabled Windows Mobile device to produce some useful info about your activity (running, skiing, whatever). I’m interested and I’ll probably enjoy using it, but it isn’t really going to compete with the Nike+ system for two reasons: The first reason is that GPS isn’t a great solution for this type of use, especially for someone (me) who does at least half their runs on a treadmill… (hmm… the software seems to think I haven’t moved…), and secondly there is the question of the device. I’m not planning to carry my Moto Q with me while I run, it is too big. Even the smallest Windows Mobile device (that I know of) isn’t really meant to be used while running, and I doubt many such devices come with an armband 🙂


Still, it is neat… perhaps if I would be willing to wear a ‘fanny pack’, I wouldn’t mind stashing the Q in there.

Author: Duncan Mackenzie

I'm the Developer Lead for the Channel 9 team, formerly worked on MSDN as a developer, content strategist and author.

2 thoughts on “SportsDo – GPS based activity tracking”

  1. Hi Duncan!

    I just started to read your blog! Great stuff! First – your first 5k run – congratulations! I should also take my first 5K run soon. I also think that is a great thing. Using Pocket PC in training is not so bad. I’m using Asus MyPal A636 with built-in gps device and it is not much bigger than an ipod. The best thing is that I can log my training with ease – I wrote my own app for that ans I only need to cradle my pocket pc and all training data (distance, speed and course map) are in place in few seconds. Check Channel 10 video about Windows Mobile 6.0 – Derek Snyder is showing very small smartphone device with built-in gps device – I wish you all the best and good luck in next run!!

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