Imagine having a coach in your soccer ball. That's essentially what InsideCoach says it has done, by creating a smart soccer ball that can monitor a player's skills, track progress, provide tips on how to improve, and make practice more interesting.
At small climbing centers, regular visitors can quickly exhaust all the available runs. At a new facility in the US city of Austin, Texas, which is said to be the world's largest bouldering center, climbing sections are rotated twice a week to create new runs.
Nissan has taken a break from car-making to build what it says is the world's first seven-seater bobsleigh. The company says the X-Trail Bobsleigh draws on the design and technology of its X-Trail crossover vehicle.
The Explore1 ski helmet from LinkPro Sports is designed to do more than just protect you from hard knocks. With the inclusion of radio communications, Bluetooth smartphone connection, and RECCO avalanche protection, this high-tech helmet brings an impressive tech suite to deep powder and high elevations.
Whether you're floundering on the fairways or nailing approach shots with aplomb, small adjustments to your golf game can make all the difference to the scorecard at the end of the day. In a bid to better guide players of all abilities as they navigate the course, Garmin has extended its already considerable range of golfing gadgets to include a new shot-tracking watch, a swing-monitoring sensor and a GPS device small enough to clip discreetly onto your belt.
Adidas hasn't been afraid to test the waters when it comes to offbeat footwear. Between 3D printed running shoes, connected soccer cleats and football boots that appear more like socks, the German sports giant has been quite willing to publicly document its penchant for experimentation. In its latest foray, Adidas has done away with a staple of most covered footwear and launched a laceless football boot that's to be worn in-game by some of the world's top players this weekend.
A collaboration between the University of Washington and helmet manufacturer VICIS has led to the development of the Zero1, a football helmet designed to absorb impact more effectively than designs currently in use. Featuring an outer shell that yields upon impact like a car bumper, the Zero1 helmet is expected to be available to select NFL and NCAA football teams this spring and be worn in the 2016-17 season.
Compact, stick-on sensors that track sports performance certainly aren't a new thing, but they are becoming more functional and polished. The newest, ultra-light entry to the arena comes via a collaboration between wearables company Piq and French alpine specialist Rossignol, with a small sensor that straps onto ski boots to analyze your twists and turns as you tear down the slopes.
Wearable technology for tennis players that goes beyond a single sensing device in the racket or on the wrist is becoming a reality, with the introduction of the Pivot multi-sensor system. Developed by TuringSense, Pivot is designed to replace motion capture technology with a system that incorporates nine different sensors, each about the size and weight of an acorn, to provide instant feedback on a player's biomechanics without wires or cameras.