One day I was sitting around thinking of all the products Apple has offered over the years that I don’t yet have. I taped a piece of poster board to the back of the door in my computer room. I then scoured the internet for all the Apple goodies I’d like to add to my collection. I printed and cut out little thumbnail images and glued them all over the poster board. My Apple Wish List. I’ve found it comes in handy when I’m in the mood to do some eBay shopping and I need a place to start.
I thought I had everything I knew about on my list. From Newtons, to QuickTake cameras, to Scanners, to Ergonomic Keyboards.
I was looking on eBay for an iPod Nano when I came across the Nike + iPod Sport Kits. I totally forgot all about those! Considering it’s still an active product, it’s amazing I’ve never purchased one. I usually walk around the Apple Store saying to myself, “Got it....got it....got it....” and never thought to add the Nike + iPod Sport kits to my collection. A whole product line I forgot about!
It’s such a neat little gadget although I’d probably never buy one to use since I don’t run, but it’s an awesome Apple product that I don’t have. They will probably be pretty collectible one day. Reason being, they are not a mainstream product and they are not heavily advertised. They are for a niche group. Another reason, they are made to be disposable. They have a built-in battery that can not be recharged or replaced. The battery is good for 1000 hours. However long that is in terms of running I don’t know. If you ran an hour a day, is this supposed to last 2.75 years? So I can;t see a lot of people buying these and keeping them for 15 years. Eventually, these will be a pretty neat collectible to have.
I scored a sealed and unused original 2006 retail box for a mere $13.00. It has a $27.99 price on it. not bad. I wonder after 6 years if it still works.
Let’s break the seal and check it out. The sensor and the iPod receiver sit pretty snuggly inside a thick cardboard holder.
You have to flip it over and pop them out from behind.
No shortage of documentation. However, it appears that the Nike + iPod Sport Kit is not worthy of Apple Stickers. I guess they figured you’re happy with the ones that came with your iPod.
After a quick review of the documentation, it turns out that the little button on the back of the sensor is indeed a sleep/wake button.
I wanted to try it out with my 2nd gen Nano, but unfortunately, it won’t hold a charge anymore. My iPhone will have to do. The iPhone does not require that the receiver to be attached as the technology is built in. All you need to do is enable the feature from within System Settings. Once you enable it, the Nike app will appear on your phone automatically. Once I started the app it asked me to move around to activate my sensor. It paired with the sensor and seemed to work. I guess the battery holds a charge for a pretty long time when asleep.
There was another revision of the Nike + iPod Sport Kit that Apple released after this one. The packaging is a little different, and the receiver looks to be slightly smaller. A sensor can also be purchased separately without a receiver, I guess for iPhone users.
I’ll just have to buy them all!