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Recently I met an old friend of mine who trains a lot for races (running).
He bought a Nike+iPod and he was training with this sports kit. I was very impressed as he explains to me all the available functionalities and boost which this Nike+ gadget provides. It is simply amazing..
What Is Nike+iPod Sports Kit
– A small device which measures and records the distance and pace of a run
– used to track walking, running, and combinations of the two
The Nike+iPod consists of 2 parts
1) A sensor – precisely called as a piezoelectric accelerometer. It’s embedded with a transmitter that is mounted under the inner sole of the shoe. (see diagram above)
2) A receiver – This is meant to be connected with your iPod. (see the diagram above)
Any Special Shoe needed?
While Nike recommends that the sensor needs a special Nike+ with a special pocket in which to place the device, my friend told me that his non-nike+ shoe was equally good for this purpose
How to Use the Nike + iPod Sport Kit
The best place with the best diagrams and clear explanation is surely the Nike+iPod Get in gear – have a look at the diagram there..
This device have in-workout audio feedback and pre-recorded congratulations provided by famous athletes like Lance Armstrong, Tiger Woods, Joan Benoit Samuelson, and Paula Radcliffe whenever a user achieves a personal best. See the following 2 videos for a concrete understanding:
Nike Plus Motivation
Another demonstration with steps
Your Stats Can Be Integrated With Nike+ WebSite
When the device is tracking your progress and personal workout, you are essentially connected with the Nike+ Website and getting exposed to other products also.
Quote from Wiki:
In addition to tracking personal workout statistics, the Nike+ integrates directly with the Nike website. Workout data can be automatically uploaded to the website during an iPod sync with iTunes or through another program via the website’s public API.