Friday, March 7, 2008
The Latest Running Gizmo: miCoach - Check It!
Samsung & Adidas joined the race against Apple & Nike and that iPod+/ Nano thing you see & they've been hyping......offeirng people a device that plays music and keeps track of their running. Samsung's miCoach music-mobile phone even lives up to its name by encouraging people as they run, telling them to "speed up" if they aren't keeping pace, and giving them updates on their heart rate, time left in their run, and more. The system includes a heart-rate monitor, a sensor to attach to a pair of running shoes and a Web workout journal to help people design and keep track of fitness programs. In the future there will even be online coaching, etc. - The main differences between the two systems are that the Samsung model is also a mobile phone, while the Apple one is just a music player. Samsung/Adidas buyers will pay around $600 for the deluxe kit with the miCoach mobile phone, heart monitor, shoe sensor and more. Okay - it looks cool - however in my opinion all this stuff is a total waist - all electronics, period. The only time this stuff makes sense is if you're running unfamiliar paths & you want a GPS unit to track your distance. Of all this crap? The Bones in Motion & Motion Based stuff is pretty cool...especially when you use their online communities, etc. And I also like that those tools are not in your ears. You can carve out some pretty cool self-coaching or online coaching with those tools, but this crap above? Never! However the ad is very cool - funny how runners in commercials are all seemingly Olympic caliber isn't it? Have a great day!
at 8:58 AM Posted by Smith