Nike + iPod Sport Kit
The shoe sensor can be attached to other shoes, with some experimentation. You will still need the following: an iPod nano or Nike+ Sportband, iPod touch, or iPhone 3GS or later, a computer, preferably a pair of Nike+ ready shoes, and you may want the specially designed armband that fits the iPod once you attach the receiver. Altogether, your investment is going to bump up to $300 or more for the full system, not including the computer. But if you already have the iPod or iPhone you are ahead of the game and only need to invest in the inexpensive Sport Kit and the $100 shoes. Your regular iPod nano armbands and holders may not fit with the receiver plugged into the bottom, so you may want the new Nike+ iPod armband.
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The sensor is a piezoelectric accelerometer pedometer, waterproof and shock resistant. This type of pedometer is more accurate and less picky about being at an angle. It senses steps and estimates distance. I found it to work fairly accurately right out of the box, attached in the forbidden fashion. It estimated my distance within 10% of what my route showed on the Google Map Pedometer. Use the calibration mode for the Nike+iPod sensor to set it to match your walking and running strides.
Using and Calibrating the Sensor in Nike+ Shoes and Unauthorized Shoes
The sensor does not have a replaceable battery. When the battery dies in a year or less, you will need to buy another sensor. You shouldn't wear it in the shoe when you aren't doing a workout, and may want to turn it off between uses to save battery life.
Workout with the iPod nano
When you want an audible update of your time, distance, and speed, press the center select button. You can also view this same data on the screen at any time.
Pause the workout at any time and resume it, or just pause the music. Press Menu to end your workout. You get a summary of your workout for time, average speed, distance, and calories burned, but no step total. Running celebrity voices congratulate you for your workout. The iPod will save 1000 workouts in memory until downloaded, or you can manually delete them. You can also see your full historical totals.
Step by Step Using the Nike+iPod
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Upload Your Data to Nikeplus.com
Step by Step Uploading to Nikeplus.com
Nike+ Ready ShoesThe sensor will work most accurately when tucked safely and securely in the pocket under the sockliner of Nike+ ready shoes. When you shop for Nike shoes, look for the Plus designation.
Nike Air Zoom Plus: Compare Prices: This lightweight cushioned shoe is meant for those with neutral gait.