The "computer" end terminates in a 16pin connector that plugs into the game I/O port inside the Apple II Plus and lIe. An adapter cable for the Apple IIc isn't available, according to the manufacturer.The RS-Computer Shoe is accompanied by copyable software on a 5 1/4-inch disk. Like the other products reviewed here, the RS-Computer Shoe program requires a bare-minimum Apple system: 48K, one floppy drive.

Main-menu choices help you Read/Write Shoe Data. Enter Running Data from the Keyboard, Review/Edit Monthly Goals, Review Monthly or Annual Stats, and Create New File/Data Disk. You calibrate the shoe's supporting software by performing about 15 initial runs with the shoes; each time you must connect the right shoe to your Apple via the cable and follow the instructions the program provides.

The RS-Computer Shoe and accompanying software, first released about two years ago, have run into the share of problems. According to a spokeswoman at The Locker Room, a retailer in Willowbrook, Illinois, testing of new software this spring has held up shipments to her special-order customers.

According to the retailer, there have been problems with the operation of previous versions of the program.According to a Puma spokesman, you can't purchase the shoe from your neighborhood athleticfootwear store. Instead, Puma will provide the name of its sales representative for your territory, or you can order the shoe from The Locker Room. At $200, and with uncertain reliability and limitedavailability, the RS-Computer Shoe and its software maynot be your best investment.

For a lot less money, you could purchase a new pair of running shoes and one or more of the three stand-alone runners-software products reviewed here.


The 80s Puma Computer Shoe

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