It’s the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in LA this week and amidst all of the gaming news we’re on the lookout for announcements, launches and interesting tech relating to health and fitness. The first piece of news that’s got us excited here at Connected Health comes from Nike and Microsoft, who have today unveiled a new partnership and Nike+ Kinect Training, which (as you’d expect) will be a new training programme for the Kinetc on Xbox 360 and the latest part of the popular Nike+ ecosystem.
The Nike+ Kinect Training is set to be more than just a standard fitness game and will allow people of all fitness abilities to workout and access a custom training program from their own homes.
As well as a huge range of other things, the Nike+ Kinect Training will show you how your body moves, analyse your physical strength, identify how you’re progressing and find areas for improvement before creating personalised plans for the future. The Kinect technology also means you’ll get personalised feedback all the way along too, to make sure what you’re doing is right and you’re making improvements.
Nike’s VP of Digital Sport, Stefan Olander, said:
“Nike+ Kinect Training’ gives everyone access to the same training we give professional athletes. It combines our unique understanding of the greatest athletes in the world with the amazing sensor technology of Kinect for Xbox 360.
“‘Nike+ Kinect Training’ will make working out at home fun and inspiring, and with its seamless connection to two huge global communities in Xbox LIVE and Nike+, you’ll always find more motivation in someone to train with or challenge.”
As you can imagine there’s a huge social element to the new Nike+ Kinect Training too, you can compete in challenges, send your friends encouragement as they workout and stay connected all the time with a dedicated mobile app so you know when your next workout is.
You will have to wait a while to get your hands on it though, as it’ll be available at the end of this year.
If you want to get started in the meantime, we recommend downloading the Nike+ GPS app (£1.49 from iTunes) and getting outside in the sunshine for a good run.