Ok, anyone who knows me as a runner knows that I am a low-tech kind of gal. But I can certainly appreciate technology that enhances running, and when I come across technology that’s as simple as it is smart, then I am impressed.
What is the MilestonePod? It’s a small device that you attach onto your running shoe. What’s it do? Seamlessly tracks your shoes’ mileage so that you know when it’s time to toss them (the recommended range is between 400 and 600 miles). And? It allows you to store all your emergency information as well. Like I said, simple, but valuably so. The price point? $15 via Indiegogo.
Let’s talk about the hows and whys of a device like this. According to Jason and his team, when you get a MilestonePod, you simply connect the USB-enabled device to register the Pod and input your health information. Then clip the Pod to your shoe where it can remain for 100s of miles or until the shoe is replaced. The device just does its job; it passively tracks your mileage and constantly displays your progress. Because it is always connected to track mileage (and unlike your ID bracelet or anklet) you never have to remember to put on the Pod. You also have the option to reconnect the Pod to your computer to update or change your digital ID information.
As great as the device is, however, the MilestonePod isn’t ready for purchase just yet. This is where you can come in and help support affordable, useful technology like this. The creators of the pod are counting on the grassroots efforts of runners to help get the device off the ground. Working through Indiegogo, the MilestonePod team is looking for investors to raise the $60,000 they need. Donate $15 and you get the pod come around May. The team has set up a variety of donation levels and packages that go with them to show their thanks for your support. Take a look and see if it’s not something that’s a good fit for you.
How often do you change your shoes? Do you typically run with an ID bracelet type product? What do you think of something like the MilestonePod?
Disclaimer: MilestonePod compensated me for this post. All opinions are my own.