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If the FITGuard glows green, the player should be OK

It's an ongoing problem within sports such as football and hockey ... players receive a severe blow to the head, yet they either don't realize that they've got a concussion, or they don't want to tell anyone so that they can keep playing. While there are already some helmet-mounted devices that detect and report such impacts, Force Impact Technologies' FITGuard is built into a mouthpiece – which the company claims is a better approach to take.  Read More

WingBoarding would see adrenalin junkies towed behind a plane atop a winged board

Technological advances haven't just led to more comfortable homes and more productive workplaces, they've also provided thrillseekers with new and inventive ways to get the adrenalin pumping, with Wakeboarding (now possible without a boat), skydiving and wingsuit flying just some examples of extreme sports enabled by modern technology. Now Aaron Wypyszynski, founder of Alabama-based Wyp Aviation, is looking to combine elements of these three sports in WingBoarding, which would see a rider towed behind a plane atop a winged board – yes, seriously.  Read More

The SmartMat has integrated pressure sensors, and wirelessly communicates with an app in t...

Yoga is definitely one of those activities where it really helps to have someone coaching you through it. That's why people go to group classes, although they usually can't be in a class every time they want to do yoga. Well, that's where the SmartMat is designed to come in. It's a pressure sensor-equipped yoga mat that communicates with the user's mobile device via Bluetooth, to guide them through their sequences.  Read More

The Riddell Speedflex, with its flexible hinged panel visible at the top

Although we may admire older cars' ability to "hold together" in a collision, it's now generally accepted that it's safer for vehicles to feature impact-absorbing crumple zones. With that in mind, shouldn't football helmets also be safer if they're able to give a little when whacked? That's what Riddell's new SpeedFlex helmet does ... along with a few other interesting things.  Read More

The Jolt Sensor is designed for sports where participants are at the risk of receiving a c...

Heightened awareness of brain injuries and their enduring impacts has seen emphasis grow on immediate concussion testing. Indeed, if some time passes before detection, an additional blow to the already injured brain can have serious consequences. The team behind the Jolt Sensor is looking to make these assessments an instantaneous affair, with a sensor that clips onto an athlete's headwear and vibrates when they receive too heavy a knock.  Read More

The Leif skateboard brings electric-powered 'snowboarding' to the streets

Since we began covering new technology and hardware in 2002, one of the most prevailing trends in sports has been the skateboard that rides more like a snowboard/surfboard. Apparently no one has gotten it quite right (or there's a good deal of money to be made), because it pops up again and again, going back so far as the StreetCarver from none other than BMW, right through recent designs like Swing Blade and Lean Board. Another major skateboard trend during that time has been the electrified skateboard, exemplified by products like the Marbel Board and Yuneec E-Go. The all-new Leif skateboard digs a niche between those two categories by offering a snowboard-inspired ride that's sharpened by an electric driveline. Call it an electric snowboard for the streets.  Read More

Nike's House of Mamba basketball court

LEDs are being phased into use everywhere from living rooms to offices to car headlights to street-lighting. Whilst these uses are practical, for something a little more exciting we can look to Nike. Its House of Mamba basketball court uses an LED surface for graphics, video and player-tracking.  Read More

Sony's Smart Tennis Sensor promises to supply real-time performance stats to players of al...

Connected technology keeps creeping its way into all kinds of activities, and tennis is a sport that seems to be at the forefront with products like Smash, Shot Stats and Play Pure Drive already coming out. Now, Sony is looking to get into the mix with the introduction of its creatively-named Smart Tennis Sensor. Generic name aside, Sony is promising some pretty cool features, so this might be one for tennis addicts to keep on their radar.  Read More

Nemesis Fins are designed to let you swim like a whale ... sort of

If you've ever seen a humpback whale's fins, you might have noticed that they have knobby bits along the front edge. These are known as tubercles, and they cause the water to flow over the fins in such a way that extra lift is created. They've been copied in efforts to produce better wind turbines, undersea turbines, helicopter rotor blades ... and now, Speedo swim fins.  Read More

NFL players will be tracked in real-time using RFID tags

Following in the footsteps of the NBA, which introduced player tracking technology in every one of its arenas for the 2013-14 season, the NFL has announced its own player tracking system. Unlike the NBA system provided by Stats LLC, which uses cameras to collect location data, the NFL will use the MotionWorks system from Zebra Technologies that relies on RFID tags that will be placed inside player shoulder pads.  Read More

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