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The Whip in action

Back in December we brought you news of a radical new design that sets out to improve on almost every aspect of snowboard riding - more speed, higher jumps, quicker turns, better fit and less chatter. Now, after four years in development, "The Whip" as it's known has been officially launched. Gizmag spoke to inventor Adams Lin to learn more about what sets the design apart.  Read More

Slegooning: snow sledding for speed demons

December 29, 2008 Flipping upside down on a snow sled usually puts an abrupt end to your downhill journey and leaves you with - at best - a face full of the white stuff and a short slog to retrieve your errant steed. Enter the Slegoon, a concept design from Londoner Spike Reid which puts a new spin on sledding by seating the rider in a semi-enclosed pod that can continue its run even when upside down.  Read More

Gyro Swing golf trainer

Part of the attraction - and frustration - of golf is that the slightest imperfection in your swing can quickly be transformed into a utter disaster on the scorecard. Because of this, the game has also created a huge market for devices designed to help you train your swing correctly and the Gyro Swing - a training club that incorporates a 20,000 RPM gyroscope into the head - is one of the most high-tech examples we've seen to date.  Read More

The Whip promises a revolution in Snowboard design

Developed in the 60s and 70s and first appearing as a Winter Olympic Sport in 1998, snowboarding has now well and truly taken a hold on the ski-slopes. But despite the growing popularity of the sport, slicker graphics and better board construction have been the only notable innovations in recent times, with the core design of the snowboard not undergoing any major changes since steel edges were added two decades ago. That's the argument put forward by Cheetah Ultra Sports, a company that is set to reveal what it calls the most advanced snowboard ever - "The Whip".  Read More

The TAG Heuer Grand CARRERA Calibre 36 RS

The newest member of TAG Heuer’s high-end Grand CARRERA watch collection, the Calibre 36 RS Caliper Chronograph features a COSC-certified movement oscillating at 36,000 vibrations per hour and is the only automatic chronograph capable of both measuring and displaying 1/10 of a second intervals using an innovative rotating scale design.  Read More

Jaermann & Stubi Seve Ballesteros golf watch

Looking for a highly-credentialed lucky charm to help lift your game next time you step out on to the tee? This limited edition of 50 golfing watches created by Swiss watchmakers Jaermann & Stübi in conjunction with former World No. 1 golfing legend Seve Ballesteros just might be the answer. There's a good reason for the "limited edition" tag - each of the cases in the run has been forged from the irons used by Ballesteros in his five under par victory at the Chunichi Crown Open in Japan back in 1991.  Read More

Oregon Scientific ATC5K Action-cam

Action cameras are a great way to prove you did more than just sit on the couch last weekend, and the Oregon Scientific ATC5K is pretty much the complete package. The self-contained, shock-resistant and waterproof unit captures digital still photos as well as 640 x 480 VGA resolution video with sound at 30 frames per second and includes a built-in 1.5 inch color LCD screen for immediate playback of your outdoor exploits.  Read More

Don’t sack the coach!

September 17, 2008
Image courtesy of Nicholas Moreau

September 17, 2008 It’s a global remedy to a common problem – when your team isn’t performing, sack the coach. It happens across all sporting genres, and … it doesn’t work. That’s the conclusion of a study from Mid Sweden University about hiring and firing coaches in the Swedish Elite Series ice-hockey league during the period 1975/76-2005/06. The findings are also generally applicable.as the study confirms the situation is roughly the same in all major team sports, including soccer.  Read More

YAKKAY “Smart One”

August 18, 2008 Traditional bicycle helmets are notoriously unfashionable, but thanks to Danish company YAKKAY, the bike helmet just got a whole lot cooler. The YAKKAY “Smart One” is a new style of helmet with various covers available, designed to transform your helmet into a hat and become an accessory to your outfit.  Read More

Digital Particle Image Velocimetry video-based flow measurement technique

One of the secret weapons of the US assault on the pool in Beijing is a high-tech flow measurement technique developed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute which aims to help athletes gain that critical few extra milliseconds by providing state-of-the-art analysis of how much energy the swimmers exert and how their body affects the water.  Read More

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