I did check it out when you first posted it. It sounds interesting. I’m guessing it combines some sort of message board with a live gps feed showing the relative positions of your crew [do iphones have a gps chip yet - or do they still triangulate off relative strength of mobile phone tower signals?].
I have a nokia 5800 though; not an iphone. So its not much use to me. I use Sports Tracker to log my rides instead. The Nokia has a proper GPS chip, maps, and turn by turn navigation. I can also get a bluetooth Polar HRM to add HR logging in Sports Tracker if I want.
my only concern with this would be battery life with the iphone. i have the iMapmyride app and have used it once for a 30 minute ride. it went from 100% when i left the house to 66% 25 minutes later and kept dropping rapidly until i turned the app off in the new “app bar” in OS4.
i imagine having the app running for anything longer than 30-45 minutes would kill the battery. might be ok to turn it on to check where people are, but anything longer than that and it’s probably not worth losing the ability to actually call the people you’re meeting!!
i’ve been working with a friend on a fixie app that uses the iphone’s accelerometer to record when you skid. after your ride it notes the skids and designates them as either ‘weak as piss’, ‘ok,’, ‘siqq’ or ‘epic’.
so their research shows 45% have ifones. so most of the people in the group cant join in the ride. fail.
great idea for an app, but more people have Android phones so why are they always made for apple? they charge more for it and take more of the profits. most likely phones on competing companies wont be able to be in the same group ride?