Einstein's Pedometer app provides a relatively good incentive to get you moving


April 11, 2011

Einstein's theory of special relativity is the basis for the Einstein's Pedometer iPhone app

Einstein's theory of special relativity is the basis for the Einstein's Pedometer iPhone app

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Among other things, Einstein's theory of special relativity says that as an object's velocity increases, time as experienced by the object will slow down when compared to another object traveling at a lower velocity. This means that a "relatively" short round trip on a space ship traveling at close to the speed of light would see you arrive home having aged less than those back on Earth. While the greater the velocities involved, the greater the effect, the theory applies to all relative movement. Now there's an iPhone app that will let you know just how many extra nanoseconds you've gained by getting moving as opposed to sitting on your rear end.

To calculate just how much time you've gained by walking to the shops, the Einstein's Pedometer app uses the iPhone's GPS capabilities and the Lorentz transformation, which describes how two observers' varying measurements of space and time can be converted into each others frame of reference. A quick stroll round the neighborhood with Einstein's Pedometer yielded me an extra 0.00021440 nanosconds than if I'd stayed at my desk doing something else, like working. I plan to spend the extra time composing my memoirs.

Einstein's Pedometer is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices running iOS 4.2 or later. It is free on the iTunes Store.

Via bookofjoe

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Darren Quick Darren's love of technology started in primary school with a Nintendo Game & Watch Donkey Kong (still functioning) and a Commodore VIC 20 computer (not still functioning). In high school he upgraded to a 286 PC, and he's been following Moore's law ever since. This love of technology continued through a number of university courses and crappy jobs until 2008, when his interests found a home at Gizmag. All articles by Darren Quick

Any chance of this coming to Android?

Zalán Meggyesi

It was mathematically proven in 2008 that Einstein\'s \"c\" was not reduced to (Acceleration x Tim) due to Einstein being led astray by Willem Gravesande\'s mistaken ammendment of Isaac Newton\'s \"true\" equation for Energy.

Time is \"not\" altered by Velocity.

Einstein\'s 30 pursuit of the Unification of Gravity and E=mc2 has finally been discovered !


Android version please.

Stuart Halliday
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