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Part energy drink, part global mega-brand: Red Bull's outrageous stunts have made it one o...

You could be forgiven for forgetting that Red Bull sells more than 5 billion cans of soft drink a year. For every logo you see on a can of energy drink, there must be another five plastered on screaming Formula One cars, upside-down motorcycles, stunt planes and skateboards. Red Bull almost single-handedly created the energy drink market we know today, piggybacking on the rise of extreme sports to get its brand out there ... and delivering some truly memorable marketing stunts along the way. Here's our five favorites.  Read More

The Syrmo tracker is designed to replace the riser pad under the truck, meaning it can gau...

An abundance of sensors and armbands speaks to the popularity of tracking sporting performance. But extending this technology to an extreme sport like skateboarding raises another set of questions. How can a device be attached to the board without affecting performance? And, even if it is possible to quantify a sport so deeply rooted in the expression of personal style, is there a point? A group of skaters from Buenos Aires, Argentina feel there's much to gain by tracking flips and spins and have developed Syrmo, a motion tracker that fits discreetly underneath the trucks to gauge everything from air time to the force of your ollie.  Read More

The Lean skateboard

At first, the term "Lean skateboard" seems like it could refer to any board. After all, pretty much every skateboard relies on a leaning action for turning. Usually that turning is controlled by the rubber bushings in the trucks, but the Lean replaces the standard truck with a multi-link truck that allows the wheels to tilt into the turn, which the Lean's creator claims adds power and stability.  Read More

The Challenger acts as a vibration dampener and swing tracker

Thanks in large part to crowd-funding sites like Kickstarter, the number of performance watches and monitors available has exploded in recent years. It seems that every new week brings a new sports monitor. The latest to catch our attention is the simply named Shot Stats Challenger. This monitor clips onto a tennis racket, tracking swing metrics.  Read More

The Aqua Elliptica is a new watersport device that combines a cross trainer with a paddleb...

A Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign is raising money for a new type of watersport. The Aqua Elliptica works like a cross trainer that is used on water. Users pump away on the footplates to turn a propeller and move the machine forward.  Read More

Adidas' new Climachill fabric gives athletes a cool-down

The sports apparel market has no shortage of solutions for cold weather, with waterproof-breathable materials, advanced natural and synthetic insulations, and battery powered heat among them. But athletes have fewer options in hot, humid weather: take off clothing, get a cold headband/cloth, or stop exercising and find an air conditioner or pool. Adidas offers one more. Its new Climachill fabric combines several cooling elements to keep athletes more comfortable during hot summer sessions.  Read More

The Delazify Yeti at the 2014 ISPO Munich show

While fitness monitors and apps may work for other sports, UK start-up Delazify feels that skiers and snowboarders need a bigger, bolder template. That template is the Yeti, a bulging wrist monitor that makes it easier to see your on-slope performance figures.  Read More

Wilson's Smart Basketball pairs wirelessly with a smartphone app to track training perform...

Tracking shooting success from different areas on the basketball court can provide valuable insights into the strengths and weaknesses of a player, though it usually involves dedicated statisticians to collect and monitor the data. Looking to extend the benefits of these analytics beyond the professional arena is sporting goods manufacturer Wilson, who has announced its Smart Basketball designed to offer detailed feedback on training performance.  Read More

The XBand Speed Pro is able to track a wide range of sport metrics

For high-level athletes, knowing exactly where they need to improve is critical information. Coaches can go a long way towards helping, but nothing can replace data. A new product called XBand Speed Pro aims to provide just that for athletes, with the ability to track speed and agility metrics through a wearable device.  Read More

The Horizon can be pedaled with the hands or feet or driven solely by electric motor power

For the past few years, Outrider has been earning praise and breaking records with its pedal-assisted electric trikes, but its latest design is gearing up to be its most rewarding endeavor yet. The Horizon is a modular adaptive trike designed to get paraplegics, quadriplegics and others with disabilities wheeling over pavement and dirt. Outrider's goal is to develop a production trike that can be pedaled with the legs or hands or powered entirely with an electric hub motor.  Read More

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