This Christmas, my big gift from Casey and the boys was a shiny new (red) iPod nano that replaces the 3+ year old 3rd generation iPod that died on me over six months ago. It was a great surprise, and is an amazing piece of technology. Seeing Cover Flow on a tiny 2-inch screen is unbelievable.
One of the features currently exclusive to the iPod Nano is the ability to use the Nike + iPod add-on. This kit has two pieces – a transmitter that you stick in your shoe and a receiver that plugs into the bottom of the Nano. While you run/walk, it lets your iPod keep track of the details of your workout: time, distance, estimated calories burnt, etc. Then, when you sync your iPod with iTunes, your workout data is automatically uploaded to the Nike+ website, where it is logged against your goals and graphed to give you a visual view of your run.
Overall, Nike + iPod is a very well designed product that actually manages to provide extra motivation in achieving those fitness goals. Sure, there are a few things that could be improved, like being able to use PowerSongs while listening to podcasts and finding some way to track heart rate, but if you already have a Nano, the kit is well worth the $30 extra dollars.