In an age where wearable tech has reached a turning point, Nike appears to be taking a slightly different stance by pulling the plug on the hardware team of its Digital Sport division. According to sources at CNET, the sportswear giant recently relieved the majority of a 70-person hardware team of their duties. The team was involved with the Nike+ FuelBand, SportWatch GPS and other sport-specific peripheral devices. Many industry experts speculate that this bold move indicates that Nike intends to focus its future wearable efforts toward software. No official word from Nike as of yet, however in effort to calm the situation the group has announced that it will continue to sell the second-generation FuelBand SE for the time being.
Following its debut in white, the Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 collection is preparing to expand its line with a black iteration. The Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 Black collection will drop worldwide in May at select Nike Sportswear retailers, as well as Nike’s online store for $230 USD, $260 USD, $320 USD and $340 USD respectively.