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Meet the Band: Nike+ SportBand

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Have you ever gone on a run and wandered how many miles you’d logged or how many calories you’d burnt? Did you ever wish you had access to the type of details you find on a treadmill screen while on a jog through the park? Well, in 2008, Nike made this dream possible with its Nike+ SportBand, a gadget that measures runners’ pace, distance, calories burnt, and time elapsed on a digital screen (which is also doubles as a watch).

How does it work? Well, it comes with a sensor that you insert into your running shoes to help track your vitals. Once that’s in place, all runners have to do is push a button next to the screen as they commence their workouts (and, of course, they must press the button once again at the end of the workout to stop the clock). Serious, dedicated runners can save the information pertaining to any particular jog all they have to do is detach the screen strip from the wrist band, revealing a USB drive on the left-hand side which allows them to download any data onto their home or office computers for deeper analysis and scrutiny.

Just last week, Nike unveiled a new-and-improved model that not only provides runners’ vitals, but also features some nice improvements and upgrades — among them, exciting new color schemes, a white background screen that enhances visibility and legibility, and a water-resistant seal along the screen. The Nike+ SportBand is available in grey with pink along the interior, anthracite with a bright yellow interior, and black with a red interior. It also features an adjustable strap to fit all wrist sizes.

Nike+ SportBand, $59. Visit NikeRunning.Nike.com

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