The Nike and Apple collaboration that resulted in the Nike+ SportKit fitness monitor was the best thing to happen to geeked-out waistlines the world over. Exclusively released for Apple’s iPod Nano music player, the Nike+ SportKit consisted of an accelerometer-based pedometer and wireless receiver. The wireless module plugs directly into the iPod Nano’s dock connector and monitors the distance, time, pace, and calories burned with the help of the pedometer’s telemetry.
Nike+ no doubt gave sedentary geeks a higher-tech excuse to actually get off their duff and get some exercise – I know it did for me (however brief the workout stint may have lasted). Well, it seems that Apple and Nike are back to their old, collaborating ways. The duo is expected to extend support for the workout-tracking Nike+ technology to the iPhone and iPod Touch. It’s not too hard to imagine that the Nike+ wireless module could be slightly tweaked to work with the iPhone, so it makes sense that Apple and Nike would bring the tech to the iconic handset.
And, in the face of Samsung’s partnership with Adidas to release the Samsung F110 Adidas Fitness Phone with the miCoach training software, it’s not surprising that Apple would bring their pioneering Nike+ technology to the iPhone
There’s even speculation that the iPhone-compatible version of Nike+ will allow on-the-fly updating of your workout log (over WiFi and presumably 3G, when it becomes available). Current Nike+ users have to dock their iPod Nano with their computer in order to upload workout information, but with the iPhone, we could see some truly wireless workout tracking in the near future.
I’m looking forward to dusting off my Nike+ module and using it on the iPhone. It’s been a while since I donned those black and red Nike+ compatible running shoes of mine…