Updated Patent shows potential new Peloton software features: Leaderboard accuracy, Class averages, Graphical Reporting and more

Peloton has reportedly been granted updates to one of their existing patents that hints at numerous potential new software features. Bob Treemore first shared this news on Twitter, noting that the updates relate to: accuracy rating, leaderboard additions, class summary elements, pop-ups, graphical reporting, class averages, metadata, and more.

First, it appears that Peloton could add additional metrics related to how much the member has stayed within the targets called out by instructors during a class. For cycling this would be cadence and resistance; for Tread classes this would be incline and speed. The updated patent shows an accuracy ranking, accuracy rate, and a pop-up widget.

Updated Peloton patent shows, and allows ranking by accuracy of how well you followed the called out metrics.
Updated Peloton patent shows, and allows ranking by accuracy of how well you followed the called out metrics. Image from Peloton Patent / Bob Treemore.

This would be captured in a new “accuracy” metric (out of 100%) which simply calculated the % of time you adhered to the metrics.

Peloton has already started to roll out developments related to accuracy. Just last year Peloton added an update to Bike and Tread devices that allows users to see the total time and percentage of the class during which they achieved the targeted callouts.

You in theory can then rank the leaderboard by accuracy, rather than just output. Image from Peloton patent.
You in theory can then rank the leaderboard by accuracy, rather than just output. Image from Peloton Patent / Bob Treemore.

Both of the above images show examples where you can rank the leaderboard by accuracy – rather than simply by total output.

There could also be new items added to the class summaries, such as the average accuracy achieved by members – i.e. how many users were able to stay within the metrics called out by the instructor.

Class summary showing average accuracy of members who took the class.
Class summary showing average accuracy of members who took the class. Image from Peloton Patent / Bob Treemore.

Another completely new element hinted at by the updated patent is pop-up windows during class, such as: “encouraging messages, explanations, comments, questions…notifications, and/or other information provided by the instructor during the exercise class. [EX:] C’mon, let’s pick up the pace!”

Image of popup on leaderboard. Image from Peloton Patent / Bob Treemore.
Image of popup on leaderboard. Image from Peloton Patent / Bob Treemore.

The notifications could also tie into the auto-resistance feature that the Bike+ is known for. For example, if a user is running at a slower pace than the designated call out, they could see a pop-up button that would allow them to automatically adjust their speed.

Other updates include graphical reporting – which could lead to more detailed class activity breakdown images than what is currently available – as well as more in-depth data pertaining to class averages.

Bob found data indicating more average data is being stored for each class on the backend of the Peloton systems – which could eventually be shown to members.

Extra average data being stored with Peloton classes. Image from Bob Treemore.
Extra average data being stored with Peloton classes. Image from Bob Treemore.

Peloton consistently updates their patents over time. Earlier this year Peloton was granted an updated patent that included the invention of utilizing energy generated by the user. Essentially, this update covers the ability to use the energy generated from a workout on a Peloton device (i.e. the Bike or Tread) to power another device, from anything as small as a phone to something larger like an entire gym. The patent also proposes tracking how much energy is generated to decrease the gym membership cost. You can find additional details in our overview article.

You can read the full patent details here. Thanks again to Bob Treemore for surfacing this latest patent development.


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Katie Weicher
Katie Weicher is a writer for Pelo Buddy. She purchased her Peloton Bike in 2016 and has been riding, strength training, and yoga flowing ever since. You can find her on the leaderboard at #kweich.

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