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Apple patent apps tip Nike+ for bikes, worry developers

Apple patent apps tip Nike+ for bikes, worry developers

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.

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The Daily Slash: June 21st 2010

The Daily Slash: June 21st 2010

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.

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Nike+ iPod nano 5G heart rate monitor tipped

Nike+ iPod nano 5G heart rate monitor tipped

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.

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Nike+ SportBand gets update: real-time stats, better online support

Nike+ SportBand gets update: real-time stats, better online support

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.

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Apple patent shows future Nike+ shoes

Apple patent shows future Nike+ shoes

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.

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iPhone Nike+ screenshots leak

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.

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The Nike PreCool Vest makes athletes last 21% longer

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.

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Nike+ Sportsband – now all profits going to Nike, screws Apple

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.

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The Reality of the Nike+iPod Kit

If I ever were to get a Nike+iPod set, I would probably return it or sell it on Ebay, sure I would like to get more fit, but I am a big dude, so running is kind of out of the question unless I want to wind up in the hospital. I do however like the idea of it, and it seems I am not alone in this mentality as the actual average number of miles each one of these kits is used for is 12 miles.

That is just funny. Consider that in order to fully use this set, you’d have to buy an iPod Nano for at least $149, the Sport Kit for $29, and a pair of the shoes it works with which range anywhere from $80 to $140, and then you use it all for just a few miles before giving up or at least choosing not to use it.

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Nike AMP+ iPod Watch

This isn’t the first watch to integrate iPod functions, but it is the first from Nike. The watch looks very basic, black on the outside, and bright red on the inside. You can also only see the screen when its on, which I assume means it has some sort of off switch or at least a standby mode.

I guess the AMP+ is designed to be linked to a Nike+ capable iPod Nano. When the connection is mad the AMP+ can display tons of info from your iPod and can even control it.

Apparently there have been 13 of them sighted. They are due out for the general public in a few months, with an, as yet, undisclosed price.

Nike Amp Watch Leaked [via OhGizmo]

Nike Triax Vapor 300 – One cool watch

I’m not much of a watch guy. My phone has a clock on it, so I don’t really have much of a need for another device that tells the time. However, those that need a watch with a little more functionality than your average timepiece, Nike might just have what you’re looking for.

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Nike keep your head warm and your music pumping

You’re a sexy Mother-Hubbard and you know it.  When you’re out pounding the street, listening to your music, sorry, choons the last thing you want is your ears to get cold.  And so you need a hat, wide-boy.  But which hat?  Oh the choices you face, I pity you, I really do.  You’d be a fool to settle for less than Nike’s new Hatphone.

 

Ridiculous name, yes.  In fact this iPod Nano compatible hat has absolutely nothing to do with a cellphone, as far as I can gather.  The clever bit is in fact a click-wheel control panel to give you control of the music.

If you want it, it’s yours for $60.

Nike [via Pocket-lint]

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