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Photos: Adidas, Samsung phone--it's your trainer calling

Cell phones take another step toward controlling your life with a personal-trainer phone from Adidas and Samsung.
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By Andy Smith on
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Adidas and Samsung have come up with a new use for a cell phone--as a personal trainer called miCoach. The important components to miCoach are: the miCoach Samsung phone, a heart rate monitor, a stride sensor chip that fits all Adidas running footwear, and the miCoach Web site to keep track of your training program.

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The Samsung phone has an MP3 player that allows the trainee to listen to music while working out. It also contains a 2MP camera, FM radio, pedometer, and wireless Web access. Plus, it has real-time coach narration during the workout. "Faster, faster, you lazy ..."

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The miCoach phone connects to a stride sensor in the trainee's shoe and a heart monitor attached to the trainee's chest. It records the data and synchs with a personalized Web site to analyze and produce a fitness plan.

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miCoach is a slider phone, you can even make calls on it.

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Marathon runner Julio Rey tests out miCoach.

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European soccer coach, Jose Mourinho, aka "the Special One," says miCoach is with athletes "every step of the way."

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