Wednesday, September 23, 2009

New iPod Nano, Equipped With Video Camera, Might Not Be Welcome At Twin Cities Gyms

“When Brandon Layland works out at Life Time Fitness in Wayzata, he often carries his iPod Nano. Like many other gym rats, he regards his ultracompact Apple music player as essential workout gear. But Layland, 18, might have a problem if he upgraded to the newest Nano, recently released with a video camera. The video-taking capability has forced Chanhassen-based Life Time to restrict Nano use in its 84 facilities in 19 states for privacy-related reasons. Other fitness centers in Minnesota are considering similar Nano restrictions. Compact camera-equipped devices, such as cell phones, have been gadgets non grata at health clubs for years. The Life Time chain, for instance, has long forbidden their use in locker rooms because of the potential for compromising photos or video footage to be distributed online. And with the new Nano fitting this category, its use in locker rooms for any reason is forbidden, said spokesman Jason Thunstrom. Discerning whether someone is taking video or just queuing up a music mix can be difficult. The new Nano's use for music listening would be tolerated in workout areas, Thunstrom added, but shooting videos with it while exercising is a no-no. As other Twin Cities health clubs learn about the Nano's video features, they are beginning to formulate rules regarding its use."....

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