Few of us will ever reach the athletic prowess of a Lebron James or Rafael Nadal, but now technology is ready to help us train a little more like these sports superstars. Nike announced Nike+ Kinect Training for Xbox 360 during Microsoft’s E3 press conference on Monday. It’s a custom training program specifically designed to help users, whatever their fitness level, reach their goals in the comfort of their own homes.
Using the Kinect motion sensor technology, virtual personal trainers can assess a user’s physical prowess, see what needs improvement and create a personalized workout plan for achieving that personal best. There’s real-time feedback so if you’re not performing up to snuff, you’ll hear about it. After a few weeks of workouts, there’s a re-assessment.
There’s also real-time motivation. The Nike trainers have worked with some of the work’s greatest athletes, so they can deliver high-level expertise along with what Nike calls a “fun and inspiring” experience right in your home.
Most of the other fitness and workout videogames keep the action in the home, but Nike+ Kinect Training will integrate with Nike’s other systems, specifically the smartphone app and the Nike FuelBand, as well as Xbox Live. That way there’s always someone to train against, no matter the hour.
Nike+ Kinect Training will be available in time for the holidays.
What do you think of the Nike/Microsoft partnership? Would you use this training program to work out at home?
Here’s a demo video of the Nike+ Kinect Training in action:
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