While I'm a bit embarrassed to admit that I have yet to go for a run this year (in my defense, I've been biking a lot) despite the pleasant weather lately, Adrien Guenette's "Beat" might just get me back into the groove.
The gesture-controlled music player is the graduating senior's final project towards his degree from Emily Carr University of Art & Design. That's right, "Beat" is part iPod Nano with Nike+ and part Wiimote, bundled in a wristwatch and ring. Guenette explains:Current devices on the market are difficult to use while on the go—finding the right button to press without stopping or struggling to use a touchscreen with sweaty hands. Using an innovative gesture interface, Beat seamlessly integrates into the running experience and puts you back in control.
I wish the video was more a demo than a teaser, but it does the job:
If the video is any indication, the user experience is excellent—"as you run, Beat tells you your time, distance, pace and heart rate"—and while I (personally) have never been interested in a personal trainer, "Beat" seems to do a good job in terms of "real-time voice feedback." The integrated wristband USB is also a nice touch.
No word on if / when it will be on the market...