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Brodmann Blades - the table tennis paddle you wear

By - March 2, 2010 4 Pictures
The equipment used for table tennis is so basic, you would think there was no way of streamlining it further... There’s a table, a net, a ball and two bare-bones paddles - what could you possibly get rid of? As it turns out, those paddles don’t really need their handles. And according to the makers of Brodmann Blades, eliminating the handle and sticking your hand inside the paddle will make you a better player. Read More
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Calfee Design building bamboo bikes for the first and third worlds

By - March 2, 2010 6 Pictures
We’ve seen bikes with frames made out of aluminum, titanium, carbon fiber, and even IsoTruss tubes, but bamboo? Well yes, actually, we saw some here in Gizmag just last May. Back then, we were looking at some fairly basic city bikes built by Brazilian designer Flavio Deslandes. This time around the bamboo bikes are decidedly higher-end creations, built by Californian designer Craig Calfee, of Calfee Design. Although these bikes are definitely high-end, he’s also working on using bamboo to provide employment and cheap transportation for the people of Ghana. Read More
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Weird-looking Corpus soccer balls help hone skills

By - March 1, 2010 1 Picture
One thing about soccer that makes it an enjoyable game for just about any participant is that the round soccer ball is fairly predictable in the way it behaves when it’s kicked, passed, headed, thrown, rolled, etc. But how do you sharpen your reflexes, interception and dribbling skills when you’ve mastered how the round ball reacts? Unless you want to play on a rock-infested pitch (not good for your joints or equipment) a new Corpus training ball from Rasenreicht might be the new training partner you need. Read More
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Praxtour indoor racing bike brings out your inner Lance Armstrong

By - February 28, 2010 7 Pictures
Many of us will have seen spinning classes at gyms where cyclists pedal imaginary routes up and down mountain trails and along city paths while looking at a screen. Dutch company Praxtour believes its virtual biking experience for professional is a cut above, offering ergonomically-correct training bikes that traverse real time simulated routes that test even the fittest athlete. An onboard computer logs all the relevant training data, and resistance and natural scenery are adapted to how much effort cyclists are putting in. It's probably the closest thing most riders will get to competing in the Tour de France without being part of the peleton. Read More
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BarBra takes the breeze off cold-handed cyclists

By - February 28, 2010 4 Pictures
As someone who has cycled in temperatures down to -30C (-22F), I can certainly attest to one thing: OK, yes, you have to be a bit crazy, but also, it’s really hard to keep your hands warm and dry. If you wear gloves, no matter how well-insulated they are, your fingers will eventually get cold. This is because they don’t have access to each other’s body heat, and just don’t generate enough on their own. Using thick mittens keeps your hands a lot warmer, but often to the point where they actually start to sweat. And manual dexterity with mitts? Imagine a lobster trying to ride a bike. Fortunately for us crazy people, Toronto cyclist Hamish Greenland has addressed this problem with an invention he calls the BarBra. Read More
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UroClub lets golfers pee at the tee

By - February 14, 2010 5 Pictures
How many times has this happened to you? You’re out on the back nine, enjoying a round of golf, when suddenly you realize that you’ve gotta go Number 1! What are you going to do, stop everything and trek back to the clubhouse? Go in the trees, like some kind of uncultured barbarian? Not if Floyd Seskin has anything to say about it. The Florida urologist would prefer you take his invention, the UroClub golf club, and pee into it. Read More
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Google Maps gets slope view in time for the Winter Olympics

By - February 10, 2010 2 Pictures
Google has ripped the camera rig off one of its Street View cars and slung it on a snowmobile to bring slope view to Google Maps. Now web skiers will be able to experience some of the runs the world’s best skiers will be racing down when the Winter Olympics kicks off this week. The slope-level imagery complements new aerial imagery of the Vancouver-Whistler area to give sports fans a different perspective of competition venues and courses. Read More
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Hercules Golf Master watch does a backflip

By - February 10, 2010 1 Picture
Once upon a time, golfers had to be content with tossing a few blades of grass in the air and squinting at a distant green, muttering: "it looks like an easy four iron". Fairway distance markers help, but the arrival of pocket-sized rangefinders and GPS equipped golf watches has been another nail in the coffin of what some purists would call the art of golfing. On the other hand - it's a game that would drive a Zen master raving mad at times, so why not make the most of what technology has to offer ... and why not do it in style? Which brings us to the elegant Reconvilier Hercules Golf Master. This rotating timepiece has two functions - on one side it shows a classic analogue display but when tee-off time comes around, it flips over to show digital measurements of the distance to the front edge or center of the green. Read More
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