As I stated some days ago I found that Vi is progressing by taking little further steps for better stability, and this is awesome:
But as I noted some months ago, I think that Vi software is still in an early Alpha stage that cannot offer a full Training program experience
We can see in several messages that obviously some users clearly think that we have a great piece of hardware bundled with an early-stage piece of software:
So after two months of testing Vi as much as I possibly could in my casual runs (21 runs total), Finally, I've found that at this point Vi could be convenient.
Two weeks ago I found a new training app called Aaptiv that some of you may know. Primarily what they offer are thousands of training sessions, recorded with voice of a trainer and great music that follows the beat (instead of just using random Spotify songs as I already do that could not match the moment of greatness during the run :) )
To be able to use Aaptiv nearly flawlessly with my Vi set what I do is:
1. I start my Vi app and start a running program for 0.1 KM, that way it will end the prompts regarding the time/distance left as soon as possible. I'm not 100% sure, but I've noticed that the Distance/Time programs send less prompts when you finish the target than the Free Run program.
If I had Chatiness: OFF I could start my free run program, and I will be 1000% happy... meanwhile I have to do this tricky tweak
2. Then I start my Aaptiv app and start an exercise. That 0.1 KM is the 1-minute warm-up, so by the time the training starts, Vi would have released all the "final prompts" and I will be free from Vi voice for nearly the whole run
3. I have disabled: Warmup, Beacon Updates, Efford Guide, Auto-Pause and Chattiness Level: Short and Sweet
(If I could also unable Step to the beat it would be WONDERFUL)
Now If I were a developer of Vi I will say: Then this guy is not testing the AI VI he is only using VI as a monitor and simple output system.
Yes, this is true. I only use the "Pace" and "Heart Rate" prompts eventually and since the mic does not get my voice adequately (or I cant express myself correctly while I'm hardly trying to breathe) it would be undoubtedly ÜBER-AWESOME if I could output the PACE with the (+) button and the HEART RATE with the (-) to be 100% sure that I could get my data flawlessly.
As I suggested in the past, If the AI progresses to a point where it is an adequate trainer, I would even consider paying a monthly fee! (as it cost the apps like Aaptiv, Runtastic, Endomondo, Strava, Training Peaks, etc.!). I understand that Vi is a piece of hardware and having a full trainer for free is no the best for any company because it takes a ton of time to perfect it.
But what I think that what Vi gives is:
1. A great set of headphones (worth $100)
2. A heart monitor in the ear (worth $50)
3. A cadence/step-rate sensor (worth $50)
I'm not sure if it has more sensors, but at least this 3, for me, are worth the cost of Vi ~$200. I never count the GPS, because since my phone has GPS and I always need to carry my phone for a run, then it's a redundant GPS, but lets say an extra $20 for the GPS.
So essentially at this point, my perfect Vi would be:
1. Chattiness OFF
2. Step to the beat: OFF
3. Free Mode, verbose-less / prompt-less
4. Configuration for the (+) (-) buttons (PACE / HEART RATE for example)
With this I could do my Aaptiv training perfectly without disturbance, I could get my HR or my Pace regularly to see how I'm progressing within each exercise, and I would recommend Vi.
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