July 19, 2006

Wall Street Journal Reviews iPod/Nike+ System

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Walter Mossberg has taken a look at and likes the new iPod/Nike + fitness training system that links your iPod Nano to your new Nike+ shoes through a wireless sensor to help you train better. While not a GPS, the sensor can gauge your strides, and give feedback to you through your iPod Nano. I wrote up a piece a couple of weeks ago on this system, and it’s good to see a review come out from a reliable source like the Wall Street Journal.

Overall, they liked the system for its feedback, saying “Instead of feeling like we were chugging along alone, we were suddenly running with a built-in coach who voiced encouragement every so often- or whenever we pressed the center button for an update on our progress. For us that was a real benefit.” The system also offers the option of punching it up a notch with a "PowerSong" that allows you to get motivated to your favorite song. The Nike+ website that is a companion to the system allows you to set goals and see if you can hit them. There you can also challenge friends to training regimens. Like me, he questioned the lack of a heart rate monitor on the device; it just seems obvious that they should have included it since heart rate is such a key training tool.

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Posted by Scott Martin at July 19, 2006 8:03 PM

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