Marathon Tech Review: Nike+ iPod
Review of the Nike+ setup for iPod touch (not iPhone) in today’s NYTimes.
I’m not sure why this is on the Touch but not the iPhone yet, but I have high hopes for what happens when the Nike+ gains network connectivity and location awareness. The three dream dream dream scenarios I’ve been thinking about forever are..
#1. Ability to export GPS trails of run data (after-the-fact = fine, being able to send data points back to the network as your run = better). Not sure if anyone’s seen my slides on this (#56-72), but I’ve been wanting to make a “running game” forever - Super Mario-style coins/powerups dropped all over the city every morning, run around to pick them up, compete with other players/runners and potentially discover new running routes.
#2. Multiplayer Nike+ Mini Races!!!! Presumably Nike+ knows my location and the location of other people running right now… when I get close enough to someone with a Nike+, set up an on-the-fly 400m challenge! You know how Lance Armstrong comes on and sometimes whispers sweet sweet nothings in your Nike+ ear? What if he could sniff for nearby challengers (a per-run setting) ask you if you wanted to compete (“Press the center button to accept this challenge”) and then keep stats on how you do with challenges, running against the people you normally encounter during your run (Little Mac in Punchout style… “You’re 5-0 against challengers in the Lower East Side”). I heart this idea.
#3. Ghost racers. Think: Super Mario Kart time-trials, except you’re running against a ghost version of your best time on the map. I know the Garmin already does this, but make it social… show me the best times of my friends or other local users. (I really really want to do this for skiing one of these days)
(… or do these nerd / exercise / game / challenges things only appeal to my messed up brain? :)
btw, Mari says:
» i want to use my GPS running/biking app to draw. i want to use the NYC grid and the GPS mapping to draw pictures in the grid on my map as i ride thru.
… also very cool and people have been doing this forever with plain ‘ol non-networked GPS devices. See here and here and here.
And bonus points for anyone that can hack this type of “playing games while moving fast” thing (PacManhttan, anyone?) but ON BIKES!! (remember those high hopes for Guitar Hero on a bike? I’d post the video if Tumblr wasn’t such a little baby)