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Apple Wants to Make It Illegal to Hack Nike+ Shoes

Last week's Let's Rock announcements of new iPods made me want to finally take the plunge and get the Nike+ system so I can rock out with my new Nano and get fit at the same time.

One thing holding me back, though, is Nike's own line of running shoes that you're supposed to purchase to use with Nike+. Since I need a lot of support and am picky about my running shoes, I just thought I'd hack the system and put the Nike+ sensor in my chosen pair of shoes.

But hold up, says Apple — turns out they're filing a patent to make it illegal to put those little sensors in other shoes. I'm deflated. I understand that it's proprietary technology, but I can't tell my feet that! Do you use Nike+?

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angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 7 years
rebelkate - I use Vomero also! I got them specifically b/c I run mostly on concrete and asphalt.
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 7 years
I love my Nike running shoes. I also love Asics. Every foot is different so don't brand-hate before trying them all. I love Nike's wide toebox.
Bksuga Bksuga 7 years
I dont own this as yet but, i cant imangine apple trying to make this illegal. but hey untill they make this for the iphone i am mad.
rebelkate rebelkate 7 years
Love my Nike Vomero running shoes, great cushioning.
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 7 years
i hate nike running shows. no offense but they really don't make the best running show and i get that they had an exclusive deal and all, but if you want me to use it, i should be able to use it in whatever shoe i want. what if i had special needs? does nike and apple want to leave me out? wack.
Hoaxerz Hoaxerz 7 years
Leave it to Apple to be the proprietary dipwad.
MissMarisol MissMarisol 7 years
Maybe they want to make it illegal for shoe companies to make a tennis shoe like it but not for you to use it on other shoes. You bought it, you own it.
suziryder suziryder 7 years
This thread was very informative for several reasons. 1. I didn't know Nike shoes weren't that good for running. I need a new pair of running shoes and I'll try something non-Nike! 2. I didn't know you could use the Nike+ technology on non-Nike shoes. Good to know! 3. You all convinced me to get a nano and a Nike+ kit/thingie because it seems like it works well to get you motivated! thanks everyone!
micherooo micherooo 7 years
Nike is just mad because they're not selling enough running shoes. I don't know why Apple is so involved with this, but I think the problem is with Nike. Well for one, if ANYBODY's ever been on a race, Nike is undoubtedly the most unpopular RUNNING shoe. Nike needs to quit being whiny and focus on the quality of their running shoe, the marketing of the QUALITY of the running shoe (and not so focused on looks) so that people WANT the shoe. I myself am a runner, have tried Nike running shoes, and still prefer another brand and use the Nike/Ipod system "illegally" on my shoe with the use of a pouch. I LOVE it! I plan on continuing to use it illegally and if for some reason the system won't work with my "non Nike" shoes, I'd very unlikely convert shoe brands and rather not use the Nike/Ipod thing.
iieee_grrl iieee_grrl 7 years
I had heard that a shoe manufacturer (I can't remember who) was going to create a divot in the shoe that could be used for various things (they suggested a key or money). Maybe that's what Apple is getting whiney about because you COULD put a sensor in there. I just have mine in a pouch on the laces and if someone wants to take it away, they can try to catch me!!
Tech Tech 7 years
Performita, he usually wears New Balances!
Jabbadoo Jabbadoo 7 years
Oh Apple, Apple, Apple... have you not learned your lesson from the ATT iPhone debacle?
Jabbadoo Jabbadoo 7 years
Oh Apple, Apple, Apple... have you not learned your lesson from the ATT iPhone debacle?
macgirl macgirl 7 years
I don't know if putting the sensor in a pouch on your shoe strings is really "hacking" a device. The only thing I could see this patent doing is making it illegal for other shoe companies to make and market a divot in their running shoes for the Nike+ specifically. Oh and Apple support might not give you help if you mention you have the device strapped to your New Balances ;-) I do own this and a pair of sweet pink/navy/gray Nike+ shoes. I wish the adapter worked with something other than my Nano as I pretty much do all my working out with my iPhone now :-/ I was really hoping they were going to announce that the Nike+ system would work with our iPhones after the 2.1 update.. newp.
kristyrk kristyrk 7 years
When Nike+ first came out, there was a slew of adapters that you can put the sensor in, and attach it to the tongue of your chosen shoe. I haven't seen them much anymore, maybe Apple is trying to put them out of business. It can't be too hard to DIY your own Nike+ sensor cozy. :)
masonsmama masonsmama 7 years
This just makes no sense. I have no objection to buying Nikes in theory but they just don't make a Nike+ shoe that works for running for me. If they had a better selection of running shoes that were "Nike+ ready", then maybe, but until then, I'm sticking with my Asics and some velcro for my sensor.
PinkLizzie PinkLizzie 7 years
It's all well and good for them to make it illegal, but I can't imagine the police stopping people who are jogging and asking to see if they're using Nike+ with the proper shoes. Maybe they would check when you're in line at the airport? ;)
DigitalAngel DigitalAngel 7 years
Performita, Adidas answer to Nike+ came out last Christmas (I believe). They teamed up with Polar. I wish someone would come up with something similar for bikes. If iPod had a bike equivalent I would ditch my Zune in a heartbeat.
VitaminCM VitaminCM 7 years
You bought it, You own it. Screw them. Not only should you hack it to meet your needs, you should proudly tell the world that you are sticking it to their stupid DRM. Let them try to sue you for jogging.
Performita Performita 7 years
I know this is off topic, but I could swear Steve usually wears Adidas, but I might be wrong! I wish they made this sensor thingy with Adidas, Puma and Reebok as well :D Nike has never been my choice.
gansett gansett 7 years
I do! I bought a pouch for the sensor (available at many stores, including Olympia Sports)and just use my Asics. I've been using it with my Nano for months now and it is very motivating. It's a great thing (thanks Fit for turning me onto it!) and now with the new Ipod Touch I'm even more excited about it. It's a fitness geek's dream device!
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