Yesterday, I wrote about how I attached my Nike+iPod Sport Kit transmitter to my Saucony Hurricane running shoe. I was reminded last night that many people who want to try this mod may live in areas that experience regular thunderstorms during in the summer, and that here in the San Francisco area, the wet weather is only a few months away. With that in mind, I went to work on a plan to rain-proof my design.
The the orange ring on the Nike+iPod transmitter is actually a separate piece of plastic from the white “logo” face. If you look closely, you’ll see a small seam between them on the top. The seam is less noticeable around the sides.
My first thought was to cut a piece of vinyl PDA screen protector and cover the entire top of the unit. This would certainly be the most aesthetically pleasing solution, but… a) I don’t have any laying around the house, and b) What about that side seam and the sleep button on the bottom? If my shoes were to become soaked, surely some water could seep in.
After another 34 seconds of brainstorming, it hit me: Ziplock bag. But not just any old ziplock bag; a really small one. I knew just where to find such a bag. Inside the breast pocket of a relatively new jacket, there was a small plastic ziplock bag with two spare buttons inside. Check your suits and jackets, ask your parents, spouse, or partner, somebody in your life will probably have one of these little button bags just sitting around collecting dust. If not, ask at your local dry cleaners or crafts/sewing shop. If all else fails, your local crack dealer should have just the thing.
From here, the steps are simple: Drop the transmitter into the bag.
Seal the bag and fold the top over the back (if you have enough to spare, give the the top an extra fold under). Then stick your velcro over the folded seam. The adhesive backing on velcro is usually pretty strong, but it’s a good idea to wipe any oils from your hand off the little baggie before applying the velcro.
Lastly, insert the transmitter under your laces, making sure the two pieces of velcro are stuck firmly together.
You may have noticed in the photo that my little bag had a hole in it. If yours does too, don’t worry. Just make sure that you cover it with a piece of clear tape, or better yet, with the velcro.
Keep in mind that this is a solution for protecting your transmitter if you get caught in the occasional thunderstorm, not if you plan on running through streams or out into the ocean. I’m not sure I would even trust Nike’s shoes to protect the transmitter under those conditions.
Lastly, I should just mention (before someone asks)… no, the plastic bag doesn’t interfere with the iPod nano picking up the signal.