New iPhone App Helps Runners Detect Energy Efficiency With 2-Minute Test

in Health and Fitness

[prMac.com] London, United Kingdom - Kangarun allows runners to perform a 2-minute running test with the device fixed at a waistband. Using the iPhone's accelerometer-derived data, it calculates and compares the energy spent in the vertical direction (bouncing up and down) with the total energy employed during the test. Kangarun is thus able to come up with a percentage value of running efficiency. The lower this value, the more the user has been bouncing up and down for the running pace used. On the contrary, a high efficiency value corresponds to a running form where most of the energy spent was used to propel forward. Kangarun stores all test results in an internal database, allowing users to visualize a history of their tests, with the different results obtained. Kangarun also detects and stores the average running pace during each test.

Kangarun creator Enrico Sandoli, an Italian software engineer based in the UK, explains: 'As a runner I have always been interested in improving my running form. Exercising without a coach, I was naturally interested in finding a way to independently and easily measure my running efficiency. In other words, was I using my muscle energy in the best possible way, or was I spending more than was needed to bounce up and down? If that was the case, I was increasing my risk of getting injured, or, at best, I was wasting a lot of energy that I could better employ to go faster'. While plenty of good advice can be found on the web that teaches runners how to run better and to improve their running style, it is more difficult to actually assess one's results when applying different running techniques.

Benefits to the user:
Kangarun ultimately allows fitness runners to test different running styles, in their quest for discovering their most efficient one. Alternatively, users can detect improvements in their way of running, by performing periodic tests while trying to improve their running form by using standard techniques. The recommended use of Kangarun is on a treadmill, setting a preferred fixed pace. However, it can also be configured for outdoor test runs, and it will then detect the user's average speed during test using the on-board location services. However, this last method may lead to less precise measurements, as a very good GPS and/or network reception is required in this case.

Position in the market:
Kangarun complements and is not meant to replace or compete against other well-known running apps, such as those that perform monitoring or coaching during a run, or those that explain in detail how to run with an efficient style. Kangarun's unique feature is the ability to detect the actual running efficiency from an energy point of view.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.3 or later
* 1.6 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Kangarun 1.1 is offered at the launch price of $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Health & Fitness category.

Kangarun is the latest iOS app created by the Italian software engineer Enrico Sandoli, under the Smallerik brand name. Smallerik is an independent studio, started in Italy in 2009 with the development of web and database applications. In the Summer of 2011 it moved on to iOS development, with the release, in early 2012, of the iOS apps Flexafe and FlexafeLite first, and now with Kangarun, aimed at fitness runners. Enrico Sandoli and Smallerik are based in the UK. Copyright (C) 2012 Smallerik. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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