Yes, we know it doesn’t have any high-end features, but then again it’s way better than your average music player, which you might be taking with you on your track days. The most unique about the Adidas miCoach phone is that it’s in the center of an integrated sports tracking system that might just leave you breathless (pun intended).
So what else is there to it? Well, for starters you also get the Adidas Heart Rate Monitor – that’s a belt that monitors your heart beat straight on your chest. Well, don’t know if it’s just us, but we would rather prefer a wrist band than a sweaty chest one.
Secondly, you also get the new Adidas Stride Sensor. It clips to your running shoe’s laces and off you go to count those winning meters. With the Samsung Adidas miCoach phone featuring a built-in accelerometer, which otherwise serves as a pedometer, that Stride Senor might be just too much – but we are no sports specialists either.
Adidas miCoach phone by Samsung Adidas miCoach phone by Samsung
The heart beat monitor band and the stride sensor before it’s fixed to a shoe
The information from the two sensors is synced automatically to the Adidas phone and it can give you real-time voice guidance during workouts based on that. The phone also encourages users with music tailored to the workout. Also thanks to the built-in accelerometer in the Adidas phone, a double-tap on the phone will read out you’re your current run stats including time, distance, pace, calories, stride, and heart rate.
When you get back home you simply sync it with the miCoach website to update your progress and create training programs tailored to your goals – be it simply losing some weight, building up athletic stamina or whatever.
All-in-all we dig the idea of a totally sports-oriented handset. Adidas and Samsung are obviously trying to outrun (pun intended again!) the competition in the face of the Nike+ system by throwing a mobile phone to the equation. The new Adidas/Samsung joint venture sounds interesting enough but some of us wouldn’t mind passing on this one when it comes to reviewing it – there are little things a devoted person wouldn’t do for the job these days and obviously running like mad is among them. Gracias senor, but some prefer miCouch instead of miCoach.
The miCoach system will be available in two packages: the Standard one (miCoach phone, armband, stride sensor and HRM) or the Essential package (miCoach phone and armband only). You better start preparing as the miCoach system will hit Adidas and Samsung stores as well as select retail partners in Europe starting in mid-March 2008.
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