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Nike+ iPhone app images appear online [updated]

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Tuesday, August 19, 2008
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A gallery of screenshots (Translated Link) supposedly from the upcoming Nike+ application for iPhone and iPod touch has appeared on a French iPhone blog. The screenshots show the main menu screen, a Google Maps view called “Find Your Way,” and individual pages for goal progress monitoring and management, workout management and status, and more. A Nike spokesperson said in April that the company was planning to expand its Nike+ program to include the iPhone and iPod touch. It is unknown whether the new app will require the current Nike+iPod Sport Kit or a new peripheral, or whether it will leverage the devices’ built-in accelerometers. [via Ubergizmo]

Update: AppleInsider has posted claims that “people familiar with Nike+ initiative” say the images are not authentic. Instead, the report claims the screenshots are “believed to be the product of a third party or individual developer who conceptualized a semi-functional application.” Without official word from Nike, the status of the screenshots is unclear; iLounge has requested comment from Nike and will update this article as appropriate.

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1

ssswwweeeeettttttt

Posted by dennis on August 19, 2008 at 12:53 PM (PDT)

2

Oh dear lord, this is too good to be true !! For an iPhone owner like me, I sometimes get a bit bored always coming back home from a run, connect my Nano to iTunes and sync runs. imagine the same stuff in the palm of your hands !

Posted by SC on August 19, 2008 at 2:20 PM (PDT)

3

Now we know, what’s comming at this years iPod event! Sweet.

But it’s not that bad right now, I bought the Path Tracker app, the app was pretty unstable at first, but the developer was working really hard, and it’s now much better and well worth the $1 price tag. You can even upload your paths to a server and export them from there.

Posted by maticek on August 20, 2008 at 1:23 AM (PDT)

4

doubt you’ll actually be able to attach the Nike+ adapter to your iPhone/iPod touch.  This is probably just an app from Nike that lets you access your Nike+ account.  Will be pleasantly surprised if im wrong.

Posted by Oliver on August 20, 2008 at 5:35 AM (PDT)

5

What kind of connectiwity does the Nike+ dongle use?

If may just be bluetooth or some kind of wifi. It could come with a new “stick it in your shoe thing” that would connect over BT.

Posted by maticek on August 20, 2008 at 6:11 AM (PDT)

6

It would be much better to use GPS in the 3G. That would be way more accurate than the little nike dongle. All the best devices for sports tracking use GPS, such as special sport watches etc.. Then you could also accurately track your path on Google maps.

Posted by Chris on August 20, 2008 at 6:50 AM (PDT)

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I always thought that nike + is only a step counter. So what I thought was, GPS for keeping track with your path and nike+ step counter for counting your steps. That way you get more accurate information.

Posted by maticek on August 20, 2008 at 10:44 AM (PDT)

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But the Nike+ step counter is really just a crude surrogate for calculating distance, which can now be done much more accurately via the GPS (as well as speed, direction, and route).  The accelerometer can even be used to measure acceleration (record sprinting data), and could probably manage to be a step counter too (surely every step impact registers on the accelerometer), thus completely eliminating the need for the transmitter in the shoe or a dongle to communicate with said transmitter (which isn’t officially supported by the iPhone SDK anyway since it blocks dock connector access anyway).  So really, all you need is your iPhone and not Nike shoes or a Nike transmitter.  So why would Nike develop that then?  Seems like this will be left to an enterprising 3rd party developer.

Posted by Dyvim on August 20, 2008 at 1:10 PM (PDT)

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Nike+ contains an accelerometer so it is more than a step counter.  In fact it is quite accurate when calibrated correctly, the last 5K race I ran it measured at exactly 5.00km.

Using the GPS would not help iPod Touch and original iPhone users (since they don’t have the GPS capability) but would be a cool addition for those who have 3G iPhones.

Posted by Brenner on August 20, 2008 at 1:12 PM (PDT)

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Ok, even so, the iPhone and Touch already contain an accelerometer that is considered to be quite accurate, so surely the device itself could replace the need for the Nike+ module (and hence the need for Nike shoes and Nike+ dongle) even without any use of GPS.  Again, I don’t see what’s in it for Nike, esp. if Apple isn’t playing ball by opening up the SDK for dock connector access.  Unless of course Nike thinks they can sell more shoes in general through developing a standalone iPhone\Touch app that doesn’t require the Nike+ dongle (which may actually be the case).

Posted by Dyvim on August 20, 2008 at 1:22 PM (PDT)

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The small Nike+ accelerometer device is attached to (or inside) your shoe.  I’d be impressed to see them figure out your running pace using the iPod Touch accelerometer, unless you are strapping the device to your leg or shoe (not likely!).  I don’t think that your arm or body movement would be sufficient to accurately measure running distance.  But I could be wrong.  If they could do it, I’d buy an iPod Touch!

Posted by Brenner on August 20, 2008 at 6:42 PM (PDT)

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