Nike Amp+

November 28th, 2006

nikeamp.jpgSomeone found something interesting in the Men’s Health 2007 Tech Guide under Media Players … a future product for Nike+: the Nike Amp+. Looks good, just the bluetooth thing bothers me a little … my iPod nano doesn’t have bluetooth. So running is all about wireless these days … your wireless heart rate monitor, your wireless Nike+ kit and your wireless Nike+ remote …
There’s some more background at Ars Technica.

Playlist miscues can ruin a run. That’s the impetus behind this wrist-mounted Bluetooth remote, which lets you browse through songs on your iPod or check your run times without fumbling with the player. It syncs up with the Nike+iPod running system via Bluetooth wireless connection, displaying information on an illuminated LED readout hidden beneath the matte-finish face of the bracelet. Just stash your iPod in your pocket – no more fiddling with the sweat-slicked dial.

6.68 km

November 21st, 2006

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6.68 km – 34’53” – 5’13″/km – 460 calories
Nike+ rocks!

Design

October 20th, 2006

5 years ago, the iPod was born. Wired has put up an article, “Straight Dope on the IPod’s Birth”, with some insights on the whole process. This quote by Steve Job just says it all!

“Most people make the mistake of thinking design is what it looks like,” Jobs told the Times. “That’s not what we think design is. It’s not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”

Nike+

October 18th, 2006

Yesterday was the official launch of Nike+ in Germany. Nike+ is a collaboration between Nike and Apple: it’s a running system to track your running time, pace and the calories you have burned. You click a small receiver on your iPod nano and you put a small sensor in your Nike+ running shoes and off you go. After your run, you can sync your data with the Nike+ website and see a graphical representation of your run. The system works just like you would expect from Apple …
I started running 2 months ago after I received my Nike iD Air Zoom Moire+ shoes (what a name). It wasn’t easy after 9 years of no sports; shin splits and achilles pains … I experienced it all. Yesterday, my girlfriend picked up a Nike + iPod sport kit (the iPod receiver and sensor) at NikeTown for me and today I tried it out for the first time. Here is the graphic of my run on www.nikeplus.com. I can’t wait for my next run!

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running

August 16th, 2006

airzoommoire.jpgYesterday I recieved my pair of Air Zoom Moire +. They’re the Nike running shoes that work with the apple nano to measure your distance, pace and time. Unfortunately the small chip that connects both isn’t available yet in Germany … Anyway, I’m just back from my first run since … I guess 9 years. It was fun but hard, I did 3750 meters (I measured that with Gmaps Pedometer). Let’s see if I can keep my “every 2 days run” goal.

Nike+ iD

July 14th, 2006

Today Nike and Apple launched Nike+. This is what I have been waiting for … waiting to pick up with running. Nike+ is combination of Nike shoes and Apples iPod Nano. It’s basicly a system to track your running pace and distance. The iPod connects to a sensor in the shoe and saves the data. When you connect your iPod, you’ll be able to upload your data to the Nike+ website, that website gives you a nice graphical visualisation of your runs. Technology, design and sneakers in one. Made for me.
… that sounds like Nike iD. Indeed I’m just back from my appointment at the Nike iD Studio in Berlin. Nike developed a new shoe for this new product: the Air Zoom Moire+.
This is what I made and some samples that were on display. flickrset

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iPod heaphone earrings

July 14th, 2006

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boom bag

July 13th, 2006

boombag.jpgGRO is a design studio in The Netherlands, they did this boom bag. One of the better iPod product I have seen.

i-Deck

July 13th, 2006

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We all miss album cover art work, and the tiny digital cover art on your iPod just isn’t the same. English designer, Michael Kennedy has the answer that makes retro meet modern in a funked up way. I-Deck is a touch screen music player that revitalizes album art and user interaction, that has been lost in current mp3 format. You simply doc your mp3 player into the base and use the touch screen to cycle through and select your tracks, flick it to skip, spin it to fast-forward and turn it to play. Then sit back and watch the album art play.

iPod nano promotion

October 26th, 2005

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This year in Shibuya, Tokyo, home of the trendiest of fashions and the trendiest of youth cultures, Apple opened it’s 4th Japanese Apple Store. Naturally the store itself became a trend-setter and is keeping the masses informed, and entertained with its numerous events in-store and out, and one of them was the sale of “iPod nano”.

As part of their rather unique advertising campaign, huge iPod nano posters now adorn the platform walls of Toyoko Line Shibuya Station.
As you depart the train you’ll be faced with a stream after stream of 1:1 iPod nano cutouts, in which you can pull off and take home. Obviously, I helped myself to a few as well.

Needless to say, with its tens of thousands of people passing through Shibuya station daily, those iPod cutouts won’t last very long. Fortunately, I was lucky enough to be able to catch a glimpse of the staff furiously “refilling” the empty spaces with new cutouts in between the waves of departing passengers (I took the pictures after the evening rush. I can only imagine how busy these guys can be during rush hour!).

Much to my suprise, I later realised that these cutouts weren’t made of cardboard but of plastic, and are very rigidly built too. On the reverse side were the URL and QR Codes of a site where you can download iPod nano wallpapers for your mobile phone.

Having living somewhere way out from Tokyo, I was very lucky to be able to get my hands on these cutouts AND witness those “refillers” in action. Hats off to Apple and their wonderful advertising.

source: flickr user purprin


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