At first I thought, “Wow, a really expensive pedometer…”
Reading a few blogs later, I discovered a video for this new runner’s toy and was literally quite blown away. Seriously, the pictures don’t do justice once you see how it augments your running capability. Some little known facts I’ve dug up include:
1. Voice-guided runs
Upon command, a soothing voice informs you on your distance travelled, current pace and miles to go over your iPod headphones. Since runners might have trouble reading LCDs while running, the voice acts like an auditory version of headsup display (similar to how vehicular GPS systems work).
2. “Power Boost” button
It might sound like a gimmicky idea, but I love it! When you’re in running mode, the center round button on your iPod turns into an “adrenaline booster”, playing the most driving track on your iPod to give you a stimulant for your final sprint. The Prodigy would easily fit well for this purpose. Way simple, way smart!
3. Share your running progress
The runner’s progress is stored in the iPod and synced via iTunes 6.0.5 (coming soon) to a server. Once you log into the Nike community site, you can chart your progress, join virtual running groups and see who’s leading in specific areas. Running becomes both objective-driven and a socially-oriented. Certainly makes geeks like me want to run!
While the Nike+iPod Sports Kit costs $29, let’s not forget to factor in the specialized Nike shoes which costs $100+.
In any case, watch the Nike+iPod video here.