Fitness-related gadgets seems to be everywhere these days. The revised iPod
nano has enhanced support for Nike + iPod, Motorola just unveiled a similar gadget of their own, and now Adidas is jumping into the ring. The company has just revealed the miCoach SPEED_CELL, an interestingly named product that is claimed to be the first device to capture information from motion in every direction and measures key performance metrics including speed, distance and time during practice and competition.
The miCoach SPEED_CELL is designed to monitor, evaluate and increase performance of athletes across multiple sports including soccer, football, basketball, tennis and running. The miCoach SPEED_CELL sits inside a specially designed cavity in the outsole of adidas footwear to work seamlessly with the athlete's equipment.
With the miCoach SPEED_CELL, athletes of every level will be able to track their unique stats including average speed, maximum speed, number of sprints, distance at high intensity levels, steps and stride during play. The on-board memory then stores seven hours of an athlete's metrics and wirelessly transmits the on-field performance data to their smartphone, tablet, PC or MAC. While available in select adidas running shoes since 2009, the adizero F50 is the first soccer cleat available with the unique cavity in the outsole. adidas will also introduce a full range of miCoach SPEED_CELL compatible footwear for basketball, football and tennis later this year and throughout 2012.
In conjunction with the launch of the miCoach SPEED_CELL, adidas will introduce a series of apps beginning with miCoach Soccer and miCoach Running on December 1, 2011, followed by other sport specific apps for basketball, tennis and football in 2012. Athletes will be able to wirelessly upload SPEED_CELL data into the app and see their real-world performance such as top speed and number of sprints power up their customized in-game avatar. This creates a seamless integration of virtual and physical challenges never seen before in the mobile gaming and sports monitoring space.
Once miCoach SPEED_CELL stats are uploaded to an athlete's smartphone, tablet or miCoach.com, they can share on Facebook and see how they stack up in their city, county, state, nationally and compare their stats to star athletes including Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona. Athletes can also create personalized coaching programs designed specifically for their training needs on micoach.com.
miCoach SPEED_CELL will be available for smartphone, tablet, PC or MAC on December 1 for $69.99 at adidas Sport Performance stores, soccer and running specialty stores and www.shopadidas.com. So, the question now: do gadgets like these encourage you to get out and exercise more?