Health & Fitness

September 26, 2011

Music app great for bicyclists

Though it's now pretty much standard for manufacturers to equip vehicles with a built-in GPS systems, the world of cycling has long been left out of the assisted-navigation craze. But now, there's a fix.

Though it's now pretty much standard for manufacturers to equip vehicles with a built-in GPS systems, the world of cycling has long been left out of the assisted-navigation craze.

But now, there's a fix.

Oh Music Where Art Thou? (abbreviated and offered online as omwat), a free Android app created by four Dutch post-grads, combines our reliance on global positioning with our love of music.

The app plays music as you pedal, pumping a higher concentration of sound into the ear that corresponds with the direction you need to go.

So when you need to turn right, Lady Gaga (or whichever pop maven you choose) moves over into the right ear bud, and vice versa.

And as an added bonus, once your directions are culled up, you don't even need to have an Internet connection to get to where you need to go.

It's a way to use a navigation system while avoiding the all-too-common, obtrusive maps and screens of traditional GPS systems.

To download Oh Music Where Art Thou for free, visit the developers' Web site at www.om-wat.com.

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