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A new Disney Research study brings us one step closer to answering the question: What will...

With all the stats and analysis getting batted around, you could be forgiven for thinking that modern sport is not about the grand battles between opposing players and teams but rather an elaborate exercise in data modelling. An entire industry is forming around predictions and tracking in sports, on the one hand to understand and on the other to compete better. Now Disney Research has released two new studies that help both of these along. One study analyzed soccer player and ball movement patterns to detect and visualize team formations, while the other built models that could accurately predict whether a basketball player will pass or shoot in a given game situation.  Read More

The TorrX is designed to take the guesswork out of pumping sports balls

In the same way that car tires are meant to be kept at a precise air pressure, balls made for organized sports are likewise designed to be used at a specific hardness. That's why the TorrX was invented. It's a portable electric pump, that automatically inflates or deflates a ball in order to reach a given pressure.  Read More

Rockochet prevents rocks from tripping up skateboarders

Skateboarding is an inherently dangerous activity. However, just because it's risky to hop on a board doesn't mean the risk of injury can't and shouldn't be decreased. One risk skateboarders face is large rocks that can cause the rider to trip forward. A new device called Rockochet aims to fix that, by sitting in front of the wheels and deflecting rocks away – leading to a safer, smoother ride.  Read More

It may look like it's made for cycling without sitting down, but the Bionic Runner is desi...

Running may be a great source of exercise, but it isn't exactly a low-impact workout – in fact, many runners are injured by the repeating jarring of their feet against the ground. That's why Australian startup Run4 developed the Bionic Runner. It looks like a seatless bicycle and is designed to replicate the motion of running, but without the "hard landing" at the bottom of every stride.  Read More

Unlike its original wearable, Hexoskin's new Arctic shirt is designed for use in cold weat...

Hexoskin has announced a new version of its crowdfunded smart fitness vest. The Arctic smart shirt doesn’t make any changes to the already solid fitness tracking specs, but offers a new design and custom material designed to keep the user warm in more extreme environments.  Read More

The Motus Sleeve has been tested on nine Major League Baseball teams

You've probably heard about baseball pitchers "throwing their arm out." It's a common overuse injury, and typically involves damage to their elbow's ulnar collateral ligament (UCL). In order to help avoid such injuries, and to assist pitchers in assessing their performance, biomechanics tech company Motus Global is introducing its Motus Sleeve.  Read More

The InPutter collects data on your putting technique and connects to the internet for anal...

Though technology is now finding its way into sports of all kinds, few have proved a hotbed of innovation like the game of golf. You could put it down to its immense global popularity, or perhaps its infuriatingly low margin for error, but man's inability to put the ball in the hole has inspired GPS-enabled virtual caddies, sensor-laden gloves and gyroscopic golf clubs. The InPutter is the latest of such devices to cross our desk, promising to lower your score by reshaping your short game.  Read More

The ShotTracker system is designed to keep tabs on a basketballer's shooting success

Shot statistics and analysis can reveal a treasure trove of useful information about a basketballer's game. But those plying their trade in lower leagues and pickup games aren't likely to have access to such data (overbearing parents notwithstanding). ShotTracker is a system that relies on wearable technology to track your shooting success, providing insights into your strengths and the areas in need of improvement.  Read More

The BSXinsight measures lactate levels in the user's calf muscle

Whether they're training or taking part in actual competitions, athletes have to maintain a delicate balance – they want to make sure that they're "giving it everything they've got," yet they don't want to push themselves to the point that they cramp up or drop from exhaustion. That's why the BSXinsight was created. Billed as being the world's first wearable lactate threshold sensor, it's made to let athletes know how close they're getting to the edge, so they can approach it but not go over.  Read More

The GolfBuddy PT4 handheld GPS

Gone are the days when judging the distance to the green involved looking about for a 150-yard marker, squinting down the fairway and saying "that's about an 8 iron." Technology has transformed the game of golf, not just in terms of carbon fiber shafts and remote control carts, but also in navigating your way around the course. One of the latest GPS navigation devices to hit the market is the GolfBuddy PT4. We headed out onto the links to see how it performs.  Read More

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