While the Nike+ fitness tracking platform has been around for years, the footwear giant has only just unleashed shoes with the technology built right in. The Nike Hyperdunk+ (last seen skying through the FCC) is its first basketball shoe in the line, while the first training shoes are the Lunar Hyper workout+ for women and Lunar TR 1+ for men. All feature not only the new Nike+ Pressure Sensor that tracks its wearer's movement, but also lightweight Flywire construction and Lunarlon cushioning. Both can wirelessly transfer their data to apps on user's phones (currently iOS only, pre-iPhone 4S hardware will also need the $20 Nike+ Sport adapter) or PCs, tracking activity during games, height on a dunk or movement as part of a training workout or drill.
So what is Nike going to do with all that data? Its first plan for the summer is "Game On, World", which is a series of challenges inspired by pro athletes encouraging all Nike+ users to set their personal bests in various categories. If you're still not sure how all this comes together, there are several demo videos embedded after the break. Now all we need to do is find someone (else) to get all sweaty, let us know if it works and keep us on top of the leaderboard -- has anyone seen Dan Cooper lately?
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NIKE+ BASKETBALL AND NIKE+ TRAINING CHANGES THE GAME #GAMEONWORLD
Today, June 29th, Nike+ Basketball and Nike+ Training launch in the US, China, UK, France and Germany, creating two new NIKE+ experiences for athletes. They will combine with Nike+ Running and the Nike+ FuelBand to create an entire digital ecosystem for athletes at every level, where NikeFuel is the universal currency providing inspiration, motivation and competition
At the heart of this latest innovation for Basketball and Training is the Nike+ Sport Sensor, a technology built into each shoe that collects information about the users' movement and then wirelessly transmits the data to a Nike+ Basketball or Nike+ Training app on their phone. The data is then translated into different metrics that deliver real-time feedback and information about either their training session or basketball game.
The Nike+ Basketball app breaks down the users' game to deliver information on how high, how hard and how quick they play each game. It also features 'Showcase' mode that allows players to record a dunk and superimpose their live data onto the video, which can then be shared with their friends via social media.
Nike+ Training is a separate app that features insights and training packs from some of the world's top athletes including LeBron James, Rafa Nadal, Manny Pacquiao, Allyson Felix and Hope Solo, making elite level training available to everyone.
The Nike+ Training packs consist of a series of short, sharp workouts, designed to help users get fitter, faster and stronger. Each workout is demonstrated on-screen to provide detailed guidance and motivation. During each drill or challenge data and feedback on the workout is delivered to the user's phone via the Nike+ Training app. Daily programs can be created based on how hard the user wants to train, and the app provides a digital community to share each day's workouts and challenges with.
These two new experiences, coupled with the Nike+ Running and Nike+ FuelBand products, create the platform from which "Game On, World" will launch.
The "Game On, World" campaign will challenge all NIKE+ users to create and beat their personal bests. www.nike.com/gameonworld will host leader boards for the competition, and is the place where athletes come for motivation and inspiration. Throughout the summer NIKE+ will announce challenges inspired by some of the world's greatest athletes to inspire people around the world to achieve their personal best.
Each NIKE+ experience will be 'measured' by a specific metric that will challenge users to create personal bests. If you're a runner, "Game On, World" will challenge you to log more miles than ever before. If you're a Nike+ FuelBand user the goal will be to beat your NikeFuel goal every single day. If you're a Basketball athlete you'll want to 'fly' like never before and upload your 'Showcase' dunk films to show the world your skills. If the obsession to reach your potential drives you to the Nike+ Training experience, the challenge will to beat the NikeFuel score in as many athlete packs as possible.