Train for chocolate: Custom apps for Suunto GPS watch

The app community sprouting up around the Suunto Ambit GPS watch helps wearers crunch workout data in terms of chocolate consumption, beer guzzling, and percentage of Usain Bolt's speed.

Beers burned off app
It's a beer calculator. Screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

These days, I expect to find an app for just about anything. There's an app that tells you the best time to hit the restroom during a movie. There's an app that tells you how long your jumping hangtime is. Now we just need an app that tells you how much chocolate you can pig out on after a workout without feeling guilty. Oh wait, that app already exists.

Train for Chocolate is one of hundreds of apps in the Suunto-sponsored Movescount App Zone. The sports community site offers a large collection of apps that work with the Suunto Ambit GPS watch.

Users have come up with creative apps like the aforementioned chocolate calculator. There is also an app for beers burned off. It counts the calories you've burned and reports back on how many beers it equals. Burned 431 calories? Great, help yourself to 2.87 beers.

The Suunto apps are taking off partly because of the ease of creating them. Users can play with variables and customize their own apps using the online Suunto App Designer. The biggest barrier to entry is the cost of the $500 watch itself.

The apps range from the silly to the serious. There are apps for estimating marathon times. There's an app that gives you real-time data on hill inclines. There's an app that compares your speed with Usain Bolt's fastest 100-meter time. Maybe you should stick with the chocolate calculator if you don't want to get discouraged.

Suunto Ambit watch
The apps are compatible with the Ambit watch. Suunto

(Via The GearCaster)

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Freelance writer Amanda C. Kooser covers gadgets and tech news with a twist for CNET's Crave blog. When not wallowing in weird gadgets and iPad apps for cats, she can be found tinkering with her 1956 DeSoto.

 

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