Nike takes iPod Nano for a run

Lardy Nano owners no longer have an excuse for their rotund bodies: Apple has teamed up with Nike and created a wireless running system, complete with

Lardy Nano owners no longer have an excuse for their rotund bodies: Apple has teamed up with Nike and created a wireless running system, complete with voice feedback and iTunes syncing.

The Sport kit, the first product from a new line of Nike+iPod gear, gives you a sensor to place in the heel of a Nike+ shoe and a receiver which slots into the dock connector of your Nano.

The system offers way more than the average pedometer: there are the usual figures for time, distance and calories burned, but also nice motivational features such as ‘power song activation’.

Which, in English, means what? Well, from the Nike+iPod menu, you can pick your favourite motivational song to reserve for times of particularly acute agony. Hit the centre button, and your pick – it’s hard to look further than Van Halen’s Jump – will interrupt your playlist to spur you on.

Other cool features include real-time voice feedback – your Nano will give you stat updates and congratulate you for beating PBs – and the option to create up to 1,000 individual workouts, with time, distance and calorie goals.

A nice finishing touch is the syncing options. Download the latest iTunes version 6.0.5 (out soon on Apple’s site), and your Nano will automatically transfer your workout stats to your computer.

You’ll also have the option of sending all your info to Nike’s new Nike+ site, a sort of MySpace for fitness freaks which reminds us of the ‘social training log’ called We Endure.

So how do you start your Nike+iPod running resolution? You’ll need a special Nike+ trainer, like the Air Zoom Moire (above) which will be available from July for around £70. It will be sold bundled with the Nike+iPod sports kit, which will also be available separately late June for around £15 at Apple’s store.

For more on Nike+iPod, go to the official site here, or Apple’s site here.            

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