If you regularly swim laps in a pool, chances are that you wear goggles so you can follow the lane markers on the bottom. For triathletes swimming in lakes or the sea, however, there are no lane markers. Instead, they have to periodically look up towards marker buoys, and may even then proceed forward in a time- and energy-wasting zig-zaggy pattern. That’s why OnCourse Goggles were created. Using LEDs, they show the wearer how to stay … well, on course.
Rightly or wrongly, technology has made the sport of fishing less of a guessing game and more like shooting the proverbial gill-bearing creatures in a barrel. Smartphone-connected fish finders and even waterproof drones that will land your lure in their midst are a couple of recent examples, and now a new device is designed to make things even easier. The Fish Call works by mimicking the sounds of feeding fish and is claimed to draw in species of all kinds.
Everyday things continue to get smarter and smarter. One of those things is the water bottle. We've seen several different hydration-tracking bottles from startups like HidrateMe and OleoApps Inc (BluFit Bottle). A much more established player is also putting some skin in the game. Thermos is set to launch the Smart Lid Hydration Bottle, which connects with the user's smartphone to keep tabs on his or her daily hydration.
Besides building luxury cars and motorcycles, BMW has made some pretty impressive sports gear, including an Olympic bobsled that drove Team USA to men's bronze and women's silver and bronze medals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. BMW of North America announced today that it is now focusing attention on the upcoming 2016 Paralympic Games. It's reaching into its deep well of mechanical know-how to develop a racing wheelchair for the US track and field team.
While many athletes resort to pouring a bottle of cold water over their heads to cool down after an event, Nike's Sports Research Lab (NSRL) has something a little higher-tech in mind. The company's new hood prototype is designed to tackle the issue head-on, using liquid cooling to lower temperatures.
When it comes to practicing their tackles, young football players
generally have two options: tackle their teammates and risk one of them
getting injured, or go after an inanimate tackle sled. The Shadowman
Junior, however, offers another choice – it's still not a person who
could get hurt, but it presents a more realistic moving target.
In a sport as taxing and hard-fought as cycling, even the smallest advantage can mean the difference between making a stage-winning breakaway or falling off the back and out of contention. Some cyclists wear breathing strips on their noses in an attempt to open up their airways, an approach Team Sky’s Chris Froome has taken a step further at this year’s Tour de France by wearing a specially-designed stent called the Turbine.
Unless you carry your clubs around yourself, a round of golf is often
bookended with a clumsy assemblage and dismantling of a buggy's wheels,
handles and axles. But for California-based GolferPal, this isn't the
most ideal way to warm up or warm down – so the company has created a
motorized golf buggy that does the work for you.
Last August, Miami Marlins pitcher Dan Jennings was hit in the head by a line drive – a 101-mph (163-km/h) line drive. The horrifying video clip made any viewer hope that such an incident would never happen again. But it already has. While the risk is statistically low, comeback line drives to the head occur virtually every season in professional baseball. The MLB is trying to find a workable solution, but so far, approved protective head gear has proven bulky, awkward and extremely unpopular. Jennings is one of the major leaguers that has worked with Safer Sports Technologies in trying a lighter, lower profile solution: a carbon fiber protector that slides inside a regular ball cap.
You can own water bottles in every shape, size, material and design aesthetic you want, but unless you're actually drinking water out of them, they're useless. The new HidrateMe bottle ensures that you keep drinking by keeping the proverbial light bulb lit. It tracks your water intake via an accompanying app and illuminates when it's time for you to hydrate.