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New Nike shoe synchronised to an iPod

US sports gear powerhouse Nike teamed up with Apple Computer to make a running shoe that can talk to iPod digital music players, the companies announced on Tuesday.

india Updated: Jun 12, 2006 14:26 IST
AFP

US sports gear powerhouse Nike teamed up with Apple Computer to make a running shoe that can talk to iPod digital music players, the companies announced on Tuesday.

Apple chief Steve Jobs and the head Nike, Mark Parker, unveiled a Nike+ Air Zoom Moire shoe imbedded with technology that transmits time, distance, calories burned, and pace data to runners' iPods.

The shoe is designed to work with a Nike+iPod Sport Kit, a wireless system that includes an in-shoe sensor and a receiver that attaches to an iPod. The performance information is displayed on the iPod screen and relayed audibly in real time via iPod headsets.

It can also be downloaded to home computers so runners can track their training progress. Runners can program iPods with motivating songs to kick in during steep climbs or when a burst of speed is craved near a finish line, according to a video ad posted at the Nike website created in tribute to the union.

The shoe was the first product in a planned line of sports products designed to work with iPods, according to the companies.