Brothers James and Tom Potter, originally from Issaquah, have created an app called TrailMix that makes the songs on your iPhone or iPod match the tempo of your run or jog. Select a playlist through the app and it will automatically find tracks that match the speed of your steps. Play individual tracks and it will speed up or slow down the songs according to your rhythm.
You have to give it a second to change the tempo when you go from a trot to a run, but I just tried it with a couple tracks and yeah — it’s nice to move to music that keeps up with you for a change.
I put it in the category of tools I would have never thought to ask for, but am glad someone thought to build.
James, 23, lives in Chicago. Tom, 20, is a student in Walla Walla.
Thanks to Mary Saylor for the tip!
Know someone in the Northwest with a cool story, app or project around self-improvement tech? Email me at email@example.com. I’ll be featuring neat ideas from our region all month.