SAN FRANCISCO, June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Mankind historically finds alternative uses for any tool. The mobile Endomondo Sports Tracker, downloaded by 16 million people worldwide, is not excluded from this historical fact. And for fun, creators of the free app asked users how they utilize the service beyond exercise. The responses were enlightening and, at times, comical.
Because Endomondo's smartphone app tracks, maps and shares an individual's outdoor fitness activities, many people use the "live" tracking feature as a safety tool. They simply switch on the app before leaving home or work so loved ones can follow travel progress and potentially recognize emergency situations. Parents, too, seem to be using the technology to follow the whereabouts of children.
The public safety sector has also found secondary uses for Endomondo. Some police officers use the app to record patrol routes, and share that information with citizens as a form of accountability at day's end. Search and Rescue teams have also used the tracking and mapping features to record the progress of searches. The technology has even been used to map a wildfire burn perimeter.
Additional feedback from users can be viewed at Endomondo's Facebook page. Other unique uses include:
About Endomondo: Launched in 2008, Endomondo remains a highly rated, free mobile app that turns GPS-enabled smartphones into a personal trainer and social motivator capable of tracking workouts, analyzing performance, and can aid in the discovery of new activities and insights into fitness so people become and stay active. Endomondo stands apart from other activity tracking apps in its strong focus on social interaction; and helps users connect with like-minded people and encourages the sharing of experiences and support in achieving collective goals. Users can send friends real-time pep talks while they exercise, compete against friends for fun, challenge co-workers, and share it all across Facebook, Twitter or the Endomondo social network.