Nike issued an art-meets-innovation challenge to designers to take its shoes and use them to create an innovative product of some sort. One of the entrants to the contest came from Nick Marsh. Marsh took the Nike shoes and cobbled them together with Nintendo Wii controls.
I really wanted three things from the movie Back to the Future II. I wanted that DeLorean, the hover board, and those Nike shoes that laced themselves. Decades later, I still have none of the three. Nike has filed a patent app that may finally put those sweet shoes on my feet.
Patents galore from Apple, and a dash of controversy to keep things suitably spicy. First up is the uncontroversial stuff, a patent application that suggests Apple wants to do for cyclists what, with Nike+, they did for runners. The so-called "Smart Bicycle System" uses sensors in the bike's chassis which wirelessly connect with the Apple device (either iPod or iPhone) to track everything from speed through gear status.
Hope your weekend went well. We had a pretty busy day here, especially for a Monday, but we're thrilled that you could stick it out with us. It's time to wind down, so welcome to Monday's edition of The Daily Slash. Tonight, in the Best of R3 Media, we've got a great app for your Android device, Sony's talking smack about the 3DS, and Verizon Wireless completes a round of LTE testing. In the Dredge 'Net, Nike's got a giant LED screen, AT&T and Verizon kind of agree on something, and Kinect gets priced by Microsoft -- still not officially.
A Nike+ iPod user guide posted to Apple's site [pdf link] has tipped an upcoming Nike+ receiver for the new, camera-toting iPod nano 5G. According to Apple Insider's sources, Apple intended to announce the receiver at their event earlier this week, but unspecified issues have caused it to be delayed for an unknown length of time.
Nike have updated last year's Nike+ SportBand, improving the display, tweaking the color scheme and throwing water-resistance into the mix too. The new Nike+ SportBand can give real-time performance stats - including distance, pace, time and calories burned - as well as funneling spoken information through an iPod nano, touch or iPhone.
Another Apple patent has been uncovered that discloses some interesting information about a potential future product. It involves taking the Nike+ system to the next level with some high-tech running shoes.
Leaked screenshots of Nike's latest fitness collaboration with Apple have allegedly shown up online, giving the healthy and the wannabe-healthy a glimpse of what will be making them sweat almost as much as a Steve Jobs keynote. Nike+ for the iPhone appears to bring many of the previously desktop-only features -such as mapping and performance graphing - directly to the handset itself.
With another round of the Olympics coming up sporting companies need to find all kinds of new ways to get athletes to spend money on the latest and greatest equipment. Therefore obviously, Nike has stepped up with this PreCool Vest.
With the Nike+ iPod product line you had to buy the Nike Trainers, the Nike+ iPod kit, and an iPod Nano, which was helping Apple make some dough. With this latest product Nike has cut out Apple completely making everything the previous Nike+ kit did possible, except for the music, without the iPod.
Instead the system uses a wrist band that communicates with the sensor that goes in your Nike Trainers and stores the data on its flash storage. The band then comes apart to reveal a USB interface which you can use to transfer up to 16 hours of workout data to your computer or upload and share it with the online community at Nikeplus.com.