Nicholas Carr says in “Apple declares war on sneaker hackers” that Apple is pushing for a patent for DRM on the clothing/device personal network. He’s noting a New Scientist report of Apple’s desire to restrict pairing of sensor devices to “authorized garments“. An example given in the application describes “sneaker hackers” removing sensors from iPod-linked Nike+ shoes and using them elsewhere. The Apple patent application seems to want to make sure that those Do-It-Yourself hackers who read MAKE Magazine and shop at OEM.com to build toys they can brag about on Slashdot can’t continue to “inappropriately” toy with the Nike+ system
A commenter suggests that it is Nike, not Apple, pushing for this, and that Nike simply wants to secure the shoe sales.
I went into a local running shoe store here in Adventureland Northwest and was told quite directly that Nike sneakers are not really running shoes, but fashion shoes. I was told to stick to “real” running shoes for running, to avoid problems and get better value in “the long run”.
I’d say Nike has much bigger problems than Slashdot/OEM.com hackers fooling around with their Nike+ shoe sensors.