There has been a lot of recent talk about a blog post I made earlier this year, so after working a few late nights with Eric Butler at Metrix Create:Space, we now have a public friendly version of the Nike+ foursquare check in system! Not only do I have a much nicer collection of hardware and software, but anyone can now add their Nike+ shoes to http://stumble.to/ so they can check in too! Eric has put a lot of work into polishing the stumble.to service to allow functionality for the masses, which not only supports my Nike+ auto check-ins, but WiFi automatic check-ins! Not only can your shoes check in to foursquare, but so can your laptop, PDA or smart phone when it enters in range of a stumble.to enabled WiFi access point.
Only one flagship venue is enabled with this system (Metrix Create:Space), located in Seattle, Washington, but I hope to add more venues soon with this capability. If you own a venue interested in supporting automatic Nike+ and WiFi check-ins, be sure to contact me privately for more details. (casey_nikefoursquare @ mobilesquared.com)
I also hope to release some code and hardware instructions shortly. Eric Butler will also be publishing some information on how to use the stumble.to API’s to interface all sorts of interesting presence-detecting technology that people will eventually dream up.
I plan to write a more technical post soon, but this should be more than enough to get people going. Others have done quite a bit with Nike+ hardware, so these are some good reads if you want to learn more before then.
Special thanks to Eric, filer, and chronomex for helping to make this all come together, as well as Metrix Create:Space for hosting the first deployment!
UPDATE 9/2/2010: As promised, here is a link to the nike shoe stumble.to software so you can get started running your own! All you need to do is obtain an API key (sign up for stumble.to), install Python and PySerial, and buy yourself a SparkFun iPod to USB adapter. Make sure to remember to edit the script and change your API key, as well as specify the serial port that your USB adapter appears as.