BusinessWeek review gives ‘Nike+iPod Sport Kit’ 5 stars out of 5

“Apple has teamed with fitness giant Nike, and the resulting product has become as vital a part of my training regimen as the sweats and sneakers,” Matt Vella writes for BusinessWeek.

Vella writes, “The Nike + iPod Sport Kit is a combination of gadgets that transform the nano into a reasonably sophisticated, running-oriented workout machine. A miniature transmitter fits into Nike Plus running shoes and beams data to a stamp-sized receiver attached to the dock connector on the bottom of the iPod. The pair let you track and store distance, pace, and calorie data from your workouts.”

Vella writes, “You can then sync the information in iTunes when you dock your iPod. From within Apple’s free jukebox software, you can see a handy summary of your latest workout. A link takes you to where all the data is transformed into a glitzy set of animated graphs and charts that you can use on your own and share with friends. The site helps you set goals, such as sustaining a particular pace or reaching a weekly mileage total.”

“As with most Apple products, the pleasure is in the details. On a distance run, a voice announces your progress, pace and remaining mileage, counting down to the last 400 meters every 100 meters. Reach a personal best and celebrity athletes like Lance Armstrong congratulate you. A little hokey? Perhaps. But I found the encouragements more than welcome,” Vella writes. “Nike guarantees 90% accuracy when measuring distance. But even right out of the box, my test unit was about 98% accurate on a four-mile loop in lower Manhattan in a quick comparison to the same route entered into Google Maps and tracked with a GPS-enabled Garmin watch.”

Vella writes, “In a matter of months, I wore out the Nikes and am now using the transmitter duct-taped to a pair of Saucony shoes. With 2007 resolutions at stake, you’re likely to find it well worth the investment.”

Full article here.

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More info about the Nike+iPod Sport Kit (US$29) here.

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  1. Total bullshit. They’re not victims, I AM! Them bitches didn’t see this coming?

    Never underestimate your database traffic. They get 15K new runs every 24hrs or so. I’ve been waiting for this to happen, ever since 24.12.06. Didn’t even take 10 days.

    The big question here is “Will I fail my goals if I can’t transfer my runs?”.

    These tyres would be so great and same goes for the rims. Too bad they don’t match…

  2. To JB:

    Works fine with running and walking; and elliptical may not produce enough impact to the sensor to register properly.

    There has been talk of a hack to allow it to work with a non-nano iPod forever, but nothing’s out as far as I know.

  3. Being a runner for the last 30+ years I got the Nike+iTunes gadget for my Nano which I anyhow enjoyed running with. But my conclusion is that it’s a toy, but a nice toy. For serious runners there’s other alternatives that gives better accuracy. On my last Marathon it logged 50km!

  4. > I tried the kit on an elleptical, no go!!! As Neven said, the steps on elliptic machine are too smooth for the Nike kit to register them… Same thing on an exercise bike : kit won’t work with those…

    You’ll just have to wait until the builders of such exercise machines get wise and add iPod connectivity. That should actually be much easier to implement than the iPod+Nike device, since most of those exercise machines already have measuring devices. The tricky part will be establishing the community of users on the ‘net, which is the true success behind the Apple/Nike collaboration.

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