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Nike, Apple launch nano running kit

Records distance and speed

Nike and Apple today teamed up to announce the release of the Nike+iPod running equipment. The kit comprises a sensor which fits into specially designed Nike running shoes, and an adapter which plugs into the iPod nano.

The kit will retail for £19 and will be released tomorrow. It will be available from Apple's site. Runners will need a pair of Nike+ trainers and an iPod nano music player.

The sensor records distance and speed, and then beams the results to your nano. You can set your target workout distance or time before you go out, or simply record your usual run. Data can be displayed on the nano's screen and listened to through your headphones. You can play music at the same time.

When your run is complete, all data pertaining to your workout is automatically uploaded to your PC when you hook up your iPod to recharge. For long term analysis, your results are uploaded to the Nike+ website. Here you can set goals, challenge other users and see how your running skills compare with other people's.

Distances are measured using a special technology that records when and for how long your feet touch the ground. By cross-referencing this information with the frequency of your steps, Nike and Apple reckon that the equipment is '90 percent accurate' straight out of the box. With some calibration, the equipment should be 100 percent accurate, they say.


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