Posts tagged ‘nike+’

2 April, 2009

Nike+ iPod

by gorthx

3 months ago, I acquired a Nike+. The basics, for those of you who don’t want to deal with the flash-only website: it’s a piezoelectric sensor that goes in (or on) your running shoe and links up with your iPod to record running distance, pace, etc. You can then upload this data to Nike’s website, and share it. You can also set it up so that you get verbal feedback through your iPod on where you are in your run (e.g. “point five miles completed”).

I don’t wear Nike shoes, so I have a lacelid. Which, apparently, Apple is trying to prevent me from using. Which I find hilarious. [Article from last Sept; haven’t been able to find followups.]

I started writing this review in my usual “things I like, things that could be improved” format and realized that the “things I like” section was really really short, which would probably give people the impression that I don’t like it. I do, a lot. It’s great to have an idea of how far I’ve run, especially having a notification that I’m at the halfway point. And if I set aside my aversion to flash-only websites, the tool to view my completed runs is pretty slick.

So, yeah, it’s cool, BUT.

Things that could be improved:
– I would like to be able to save my custom distances, as the defaults are a bit limited. Having to change it every time with the touch wheel is annoying.
– When I “end” my workout, the volume control is unusable for at least 30 seconds. Sometimes I have the tunes cranked up a bit, but I don’t want the coach guy yelling at me, yanno.
– Even though my workout distance is in miles, the you’re-getting-close-to-the-end-don’t-give-up-now coaching is in meters (“200 meters to go”). Seems silly.
– I can’t calibrate on distances longer than 2k (1.25 miles). I would like the option to calibrate on a longer distance, or average my last 3 calibration runs, or something.
– Changing the music during the run is not intuitive. menu -> change music takes me to my playlists. I select a playlist, and that pops me back to the ‘resume workout/pause workout/change music/end workout’ menu, where I select ‘resume workout’ to start the new music. Sure, it makes sense *now*.
– I would like the option to have Fabio tell me how far I’ve run.*
– Nike’s website for the data upload is flash-only. :shudder: The privacy settings are also globally on or off – if I want to share my run data with someone, I have to make it globally viewable. Some of the effort that went into creating the flash would have been better spent on a more flexible privacy implementation.
– Luckily, the data is stored in XML format. :) I am currently tinkering around with uploading it to rrdtool and making my own graphs, instead of dealing with the icky flash.

*Think about it: “Only three more miles, daaahling.”