Record distance, speed, pace, splits, and elevation data from your treadmill run. Sync with MapMyRun, FitBit and more!
Record distance, speed, pace, splits, and elevation data from your treadmill run. Sync with MapMyRun, FitBit and more! Read more
About this project
What is Run Beacon?
Have you ever been running on a treadmill and wished you could store your run data? Pace, splits, and elevation gain are tracked with your gps enabled watch or smartphone when you run outside. Run beacon tracks your treadmill runs inside. Run beacon is a universal treadmill interface that tracks data accurately and frequently.
How accurate is it?
In most cases it’s as accurate as the treadmill you are using. Run Beacon relies on an ever growing database of treadmill belt lengths. The speed is calculated by dividing belt length by belt time per revolution.
How frequently does it collect data?
More than 400 data points are recorded per mile.
Bluetooth Low Energy
All of the instantaneous data Run Beacon collects about your run is transmitted to the Run Beacon app over Bluetooth Low Energy. The app stores the data and calculates other meaningful, derived data such as pace, split times and net elevation change. Treadmills haven't changed much since their inception; Run Beacon brings them into the 21st century.
If your treadmill is not in Run Beacon's database, you can be running in under a minute using the calibration feature. Simply set your treadmill to 7.5 MPH and the app does the rest. Run Beacon is easily installed on any treadmill at home or in the gym.
Which Running Services Does Run Beacon Work With?
In the current prototype, MapMyRun is the only service Run Beacon syncs with. FitBit integration is in the works, and many more are to follow! Basically, any service with an open API can and will be supported based on popularity.
Does it work with Android?
The app is only on iOS for now. Android support is coming after the Kickstarter campaign is over.
Risks and challenges
Having never manufactured or produced a commercial product, my main challenge with Run Beacon will be on the supply chain side. However, I have been in contact with other successful Kickstarters and learned from their experiences and already have a potential manufacturer with scaling capabilities far beyond the scope of this Kickstarter campaign.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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