13. July 2006: Apple releases its first activity tracking, the Nike + iPod Sport Kit, which combines Cupertino's popular music player with a smart pedometer.
The product marks Apple's first step towards the type of mobile health tracking initiative it will examine in the following decade – especially through its iOS Health app and Apple Watch.
The Increase of Health Tracking
The launch of the Nike + iPod Sport Kit coincided with a wide-ranging pressure on health-oriented devices across the technology industry. Later that year, the Nintendo Wii would join the development of gaming games such as Wii Sports .
While the Nike + iPod Sport Kit did not sell near these numbers, it was actually a pretty smart device in itself. It boasts a miniature sensor that fits under the insole of a Nike + shoe. Apple smart sensor fits into Nike + shoes "width =" 780 "height =" 585 "/> Apple smart sensor fits into Nike + shoes
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Nike + iPod Sport Kit: More than just a training track
The software went beyond the tracking steps and it also allowed users to check statistics from previous workouts and set training goals, and they could hear (via a computerized voice that preceded Siri with five years) how far they had driven, how fast their pace was and how far they were from their destination.
"We work with Nike to take music and sports to a new level," Steve Jobs said in a statement. "The result is like having a personal trainer or training partner that motivates you every step of the training."
Nike + iPod Sport Kit prefigured another change in the Apple policy as well. of Washington scientists a security error in the RFID-powered device that opened up the ability to allow unwanted third parties to track users without their knowledge.
Today, user protection stands as one of Apple's core terms. While the Nike + iPod did not lead to this shift, the mobile device before the iPhone highlighted one of the major security issues that were defined in the past decade.
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