Apple Computer and Nike announced today a partnership called Nike + iPodGlobal. The first product from the collaboration is the Nike + iPod Sport Kit, which will allow your Nike shoes to talk directly to your iPod, on which will presumably be loaded some personal training software.
From the Yahoo News article: "The new Nike+ Air Zoom Moire is the first footwear designed to talk to iPod. Nike plans to make many of its leading footwear styles Nike+ ready, connecting millions of consumers to the Nike+iPod experience. With the Nike+ footwear connected to iPod nano through the Nike+iPod Sport Kit, information on time, distance, calories burned and pace is stored on iPod and displayed on the screen; real-time audible feedback also is provided through headphones. The kit includes an in-shoe sensor and a receiver that attaches to iPod. A new Nike Sport Music section on the iTunes® Music Store and a new nikeplus.com personal service site help maximize the Nike+iPod experience."
The Nike + iPod Sport Kit is expected to be available within 60 days and will cost approximately $30.
I've also been hearing some rumor buzz about a new iPod (perhaps as early as tomorrow) that will include built-in Bluetooth, used to connect to accessories such as earphones. This Nike+ development only lends veracity to the idea that a Bluetooth-enabled iPod is inevitable.
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