In November of last year, Men’s Health Magazine leaked details of the unannounced “Nike Amp+” Nike+iPod wristwatch controller in their 2007 Tech Guide. Then in January of this year, the Nike Store Europe website briefly posted the unannounced “Nike Speed+” wristwatch controller which which records run data directly from the Nike+ shoe sensor without the need for an iPod. Finally, a few days later, details of the entire Nike+ wristwatch line (including the two previously mentioned models) were widely leaked to iPod-related websites. This final leak included hastily printed catalog pages that listed the launch date for the new products as May 1st. That’s this Tuesday.
I’ve been wearing my ‘amateur reporter’ hat this weekend and calling several Bay Area sporting goods stores, but none seem to know much, if anything, about the impending launch of these products. As a matter of fact, I’m still floored by just how many sports/running store employees are completely unfamiliar with the Nike+iPod system. You can hear their blank stares over the phone.
Anyway, I’ll try to dig up more info by visiting as many running gear shops as I can on Monday. Feel free to help out by calling or visiting your own local sporting goods/running store. One would think that if the Tuesday launch is still a go, somebody somewhere will have to know to know something. Feel free to post any new info to the comments below.
As a refresher, these are the products we’re looking for:
Nike Amp+ ($79) – Plastic, faceless iPod wrist controller with simple LED readout on band. Five color combinations.
Nike Flight+ ($129) – A step up from the Amp+, with a watch face that displays time, date, and stopwatch info.
Nike Speed+ ($129) – Unlike the other two models, this watch does not control a Nike+ enabled iPod, but rather receives information directly form the Nike+ shoe sensor. No iPod required. The Speed+ comes with a Nike+ shoe sensor and a USB dongle for syncing the data stored on your watch with your computer. Looks more like a traditional ‘sports watch’ that the other two models.
For detailed pictures, see my post here.