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E3: Adidas miCoach for X-Box Kinect and Playstation Move

I've posted a few times about using the Adidas miCoach app while I've been running.  I've used both the Android and iPhone app and liked it.  First of all it's a free app so that is great.  It uses GPS and when synced comes up with some great information and charts on your run.  What I didn't like about it so much was the lack of Facebook and Twitter integration.  I've been told that those will be happening soon.  Lately I've been using my old Nike+ Sportband (no GPS) and RunKeeper on my phone (with GPS) to track my runs.  I'm still using Nike+ because of the Challenges I'm involved with online already, the years of old data of my runs already on Nike+ and the fact that Nike+ syncs with DailyMile.  DailyMile is like Facebook for runners.  I use Runkeeper for more accurate GPS results and the fact I have a few friends who use it also.  I can also have Runkeeper update Twitter and Facebook to post my runs on my feeds. 

Now with all that said I think I may have to give Adidas miCoach another look as at E3:  THQ and Adidas announce miCoach for X-Box 360 Kinect and Play Station 3 Move.  No Wii as of now.  Which really sucks.  According to Destructoid -

THQ and Adidas revealed a new interactive athletic training program for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 called miCoach.

The title brings together training programs developed for sports like basketball, soccer, football, tennis and running with sports stars from each sport. Dwight Howard, Kaka, Tyson Gay, Jessica Ennis, Ana Ivanovic and Eric Berry have all signed on to appear in the fitness title as trainers.

miCoach lets players choose their fitness goals and then takes over to coach them through every step. Players are displayed inside the game via the camera on either Microsoft's Kinect sensor or Sony's PlayStation Move camera. Sports stars exercise alongside the player, while the game keeps track of progress, counts reps and more.

THQ says that both proper training programs and motivation were goals in the development of this game. Players that have Adidas miCoach heart rate montiors will also get real-time feedback on their in-game performance. Beyond this, the miCoach mobile app will synchronize with the game to factor in data gathered away from the living room.

Now that is pretty cool actually.  For the Wii I do have Wii Fit, Wii Fit Plus, EA Sports Active and a Biggest Loser game but over time they've collected dust.  But if Adidas miCoach does add Facebook and Twitter integration it may just keep me playing the game like it keeps me running.  If I'm able to create challenges with friends like Nike+ but for the game then I'll be hooked.  I guess only time will tell and the THQ's miCoach will be released in early 2012.  But so far I'm intrigued.  Might even start running with miCoach again!



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