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Old 11-21-2013, 05:31 PM   #1
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RallyBlitz - Rally iPhone App

As I said in the Rally Navigation Mount thread, we just released v1.0 of an iphone App that has an adjustable ODO and a pretty well sorted CAP heading. We've logged some time on the device and think it works well enough to get it out there and continue to make improvements. We have plans for external switches and more features, but for now this does a good job of replicating an ODO (with big safe numbers) and CAP.



To answer Pete's question from the other thread, we have thousands of dirt miles on the iphone using only a RAM mount. I intentially have used no case on the iphone just to see how it would last. On my rally setup it used the RAM cradle with a pair of rubber washers underneath and it worked perfectly. Really any hardcore case should work well.



Since the odo adjust from the screen or volume controls I've used a set to headphones plugged in and zip tyed the adjuster near the thumb to create a makeshift remote adjuster. I realize that is a weak solution, but it worked fine for the Baja Rally though I have a real racing solution for that in the works.

Our website is really just a placeholder (www.rallyblitz.com). Most of the chatter on stuff happening will be on Facebook and here of course.

This has been a really fun project, and I'm pleased with how it is working. I hope other rally types will think the same.

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Old 11-21-2013, 06:04 PM   #2
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Old 11-21-2013, 06:10 PM   #3
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Thanks for the answers
When will we be able to download it?
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Old 11-21-2013, 06:16 PM   #4
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Old 11-21-2013, 06:24 PM   #5
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I think it's fantastic! It seems like a great solution for a rally enthusiast to try out some practice and fun roadbook navigation without spending big bucks on a traditional rally odometer. Of course they still need a roadbook reader, but maybe you have an app for that in mind as well!

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It would not be allowed in Rally Diabolical, Dakar, and probably many other cross-country rallies because the device, with other apps on it, could be used for navigation in ways that are generally not allowed. I hate to say that because I think it's so cool. But the basic nature of rally navigation needs to be protected against competitors who are looking for "shortcuts".
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Old 11-21-2013, 07:08 PM   #6
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Congrats on the app Phil, it looks really cool, can't wait to see what else you come out with.
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Old 11-21-2013, 07:22 PM   #7
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Dammit Phil

Phil, are you really going to make me switch to an iPhone ? Very nice! I would love to set it up and use it for practice during the LAB2V next week. I really like big number and easy to adjust tenths. Nice job guys, as stated earlier great for a practice and simple.

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Old 11-21-2013, 07:43 PM   #8
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Old 11-21-2013, 08:29 PM   #9
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I've been lucky enough to put quite a few miles on the beta version of the app. It's pretty cool that a total rally noob like myself can go out and get a feel for navigation without having to invest in a bunch of equipment. My 250XC doesn't even have an odo, so just that part is worthwhile.

It's been a blast rallying around the desert this fall. Great job, Phil, and congrats on the "official" app release
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Old 11-21-2013, 08:47 PM   #10
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Pete - It is on iTunes. Search RallyBlitz

Scott - I respect your perspective on this. However, I also think there are a lot of things about this app and likely the future products to come that can add to the sport (low cost of entry, better safety, etc.) and bring a wider audience. If someone is looking to cheat or bend the rules they will find a way to do it no matter what. I'd like to think the best thing is to find out the concerns and see if there is a way to manage them through technology. Let me build a button in the app that once pushed to access other apps (for emergency options or whatever) sets a flag that the organizer can see. They could give a penalty or even DQ they person, but perhaps they still make it back faster or safer or whatever. I'm not saying that is the solution to the issue, I'm just saying that an open dialog on the concerns may result in a better solution for everyone (and MORE people participating in the sport). I certainly don't have an interest in taking away the navigation aspects of this. I first hand saw enduro racing change as the result of the enduro computers, and have no interest in Rally following that path. But I built this App partially because I wanted BIG numbers that took my eyes away from the road ahead less. I look forward to the dialog on this.

Doug - Don't Switch! I still use an android as my phone...that's what I used to record the close up video. Get on craigslist and buy a used iphone 4 for $100 or less.
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Old 11-22-2013, 01:50 AM   #11
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When will you do an upgrade to choose Kilometres, instead of just Miles as is now?
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I'd like to think the best thing is to find out the concerns and see if there is a way to manage them through technology. Let me build a button in the app that once pushed to access other apps (for emergency options or whatever) sets a flag that the organizer can see. They could give a penalty or even DQ they person, but perhaps they still make it back faster or safer or whatever.
Perfect! But make sure there's no sneaky way around it, like if you turn the phone off and back on, the flag somehow has to catch that. But what if it's powered by a cord, and the cord pops off accidently and the battery goes dead? It's a tricky problem to solve!
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Old 11-22-2013, 04:48 PM   #13
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Pilbara - KM is an option in the settings screen. We didn't want to leave out about 95% of the rally world!

Offroadie - It's no real secret. It works off of the GPS signal for the odo and the CAP uses the accelerometers and the magnetic north though getting everything to work accurately in an off-road setting was where we spend a bulk of our time in development. No cell phone signal is required. Just buy an old iphone (in my testing the GPS works better in the 4 and above though some people had excellent accuracy with the 3gs iphone)

Assfault - I wanted to use this thread as a chance to talk about the app without the thread getting killed into the vendors section so I intended on not being like an infomercial. It's certainly not intended as a secret though, the app is $20.

Happe - My partner in crime and fellow inmate, Whateverdood, will help us get it figured out. Sorry that is happening. We'll be in touch. It's amazing the number of issues we ran into during development that were the result of apple goofiness...
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CAP uses the accelerometers and the magnetic north
In rally racing, True North is what is used.
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Happe - PM sent. We'll get you sorted out, and thanks for giving us a shot!
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