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Yamaha BODiBEAT challenges Nike+iPod

updated 12:25 pm EDT, Fri July 13, 2007

Yamaha BODiBEAT player

The upcoming BODiBEAT by Yamaha is poised to challenge the current popularity of the Nike+iPod kit with runners and walkers. While the BODiBEAT holds only 512MB of music, because it comes on a wristband, it eliminates the need for a separate holder; likewise, there is no need for special shoes or sensors, since the player has its own accelerometer. This and a pulse monitor connected to the headphones provide another function: as a runner's speed increases, so does the speed of the music. Beat loops help segue one track into another. The battery life of the player is 12 hours; Yamaha expects the BODiBEAT to ship this summer. [via Anything But iPod]




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  1. Eccent

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Pricing about $300

    Even if I'm not seriously interested in these gadgets, it's helpful to add the estimated price in the description.

  1. jimothy

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Bad move

    If this is true, that's a stupid move. The market has shown it's willing to pay the, albeit still high, $500 price. Sales jumped after the cut. An effective price hike (really, 33% more HD space is not worth much) will cause sales to drop below what they were before the price cut. Note to Sony: Those sales weren't very good.

  1. HCRefugee

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Size matters...

    The company web page doesn't give any specs on size an weight, but judging from the videos, tis device appears to be about an inch thick, 4 or five inches long, and maybe 2.5 inches wide. The ear buds wire also appears to be "bobbie-pinned" to to the woman's hair (stop the second video and look closely at the close up of the ear).

    No wonder the woman appears to be running so carefully in the videos.

  1. ender

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    no distance?

    It doesn't appear to measure distance, which is the main feature of Nike + iPod. Therefore, this isn't really a competitor ready to "challenge" anybody. And I haven't watched the videos (a no-no hear at work), but I saw no reference on their web site to an accelerometer, so I don't know where MacNN got that bit of info.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Bwhahaha ... challenge???

    ..and it most likely does not come with the level of integration that Nke+iPod does -- i.e. the website tracking your progress, ability to compete with others, forming groups, extensive progress reports, etc...

    Cute try, Yamaha, but as always, companies such as this are neglecting simply what it's all about - not featuritis (and fugly design), but functionality.

  1. andersonoscar5

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    go

    While we can't be sure exactly what is responsible for the iPod's success, its user-friendly interface, its superb integration with Apple iTunes, and its killer marketing campaign probably had something to do with it

    www.ipodconverter.com

  1. suhail

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I wouldn't buy

    I don't want a device that automatically chooses my music or beat for me! I'd like to do that myself, the computer doesn't know that I'm about to slow-down or speed-up, or maybe i don't feel like listening to the song it selected.

  1. suhail

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    no challenge

    it looks hideous.

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