[intro]Nike's partnership with Apple is bearing fruits, secret fruits – like this wireless, Nano-friendly bracelet for runners. Could it be proof of imminent Bluetooth iPods?[/intro]
Nike's partnership with Apple is bearing fruits, secret fruits – like this Nano-friendly remote for your runs.
The unofficial Amp+ is a wireless bracelet remote for the iPod Nano, and is designed to help you switch tracks and activate your 'Power song', without the need to fumble with your player and distractedly step in front of an SUV.
How it works, though, is something of a mystery. Men's Health claims it connects via Bluetooth, but Nanos don't have that on board and won't have any room for a dongle with the Nike+ sensor in their dock connector. The Nike+ system uses short-range, 2.4Ghz Wi-Fi, so it could use that. But I reckon we can file this under 'growing evidence for Bluetooth iPods in 2007'.
Impressively, there seems to be an LED display on the bracelet to show your running stats. Not so good news is that it's rumoured to cost $80 (£40) when it goes on sale in Spring 2007. We'll let you know as soon as it becomes official.
via Men's Health