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Apple taking orders for Nike + iPod Sport Kit


Apple has begun accepting pre-orders for the Nike + iPod Sport Kit, which was announced late last month. The $29 system consists of a wireless shoe sensor and iPod nano receiver that allow users to record and track workout information such as time, distance, calories burned and pace. Apple states on its website that the Nike + iPod Sport Kit will ship in 4-5 weeks. The first Nike+ shoes designed to work with the kit are expected to start shipping in July. [via TUAW]

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I dream of the day when Apple starts using 802.11b (i.e. CSMA/CA, a variation of CDMA which your cell phone uses) for data transfer. However I doubt that we are going to see that for a electronic pedometer. Instead I suspect that they will use bluetooth (802.15.1) or some variation of it to transfer data…...maybe not even that sophisticated. Remember all these things eat batteries and the more sophiticated it gets the more it pigs out on the batteries.

Anyway I keep hoping for Apple to come out with some high band width data transfer since it would mean wireless earbuds (that had quality sound) would be right around the corner…and really if you are a workout freak what would you rather have; a pedometer that you can only use for running or a small wireless earpiece that worked for any sport that you were doing?

so, like, my vote is for Apple to use 802.11b and not worry about the batteries but for some reason I think Apple is probably going to go down a different path on this…well, that is until Apple makes there own iPhone;)

Posted by Clinton on June 17, 2006 at 1:12 AM (CDT)


Is this Sport Kit only for the U.S. & Canadian markets? It still hasn’t appeared in the Australian Apple Store. :(

Posted by ShowsOn in South Australia, AUSTRALIA on June 17, 2006 at 3:16 AM (CDT)


Clinton, your wishes are coming true.  I mentioned 802.11 for the very reason you were lamenting.  That and about a month ago iLounge published the following statement.

“Confirming whispers heard by iLounge over the past several months, an individual familiar with the product disclosed that Apple’s first wireless iPod accessory—the Nike+iPod Sport Kit—will use a proprietary 802.11 protocol, rather than Bluetooth, for communications. Announced earlier today, the Sport Kit consists of an in-shoe sensor that transmits running…”

Look it up

Posted by JoeyPod on June 19, 2006 at 3:51 PM (CDT)


I doubt this will work on the videos b/c there is a piece you put on the nano that goes with the sensor.  I don’t think it’ll work with the video ipod.  This is very cool.  Nike will eventually make more of their shoes accomodate this.

Posted by me on July 2, 2006 at 1:53 AM (CDT)


Ok so I seriously want expert or atleast first hand advice….will the nike sport kit work with an ipod video? I personally think its really reatarded that apple produced something that isn’t compatible with their newest ipod but I guess that’s why I don’t work for apple. I jsut want to know if the nike sports kit will work with my ipod video and if does could there be side effects?

Posted by erak on July 27, 2007 at 1:51 PM (CDT)

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