Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Sports

The FWD Powershot in its packaging

In sports, data is useful in helping players improve their game. We've seen performance-monitoring devices for basketball, golf and swimming, but hockey gadgets were lacking. Now, Montreal's Quattriuum Team is launching FWD Powershot, a performance sensor for hockey that goes right in the player's stick and provides a range of shot data.  Read More

The Babolat Play Pure Drive sensor-packed racket and mobile device app

For fitness enthusiasts wanting to keep track of performance, or sports professionals looking for real-time information to help improve their game, the selection of monitoring devices is pretty good ... if you happen to be a runner or a cyclist. There's even one for kayakers. If you're a tennis player, however, your options are pretty much non-existent. Veteran French racket specialist Babolat is looking to address this shortfall with the release of its Play Pure Drive. The sensor packed racket collects data on a player's game, which is then transmitted to a smartphone or tablet running a proprietary app for analysis.  Read More

The NBA is bringing motion tracking cameras to all 30 arenas next season (Photo: Joel Shaw...

When you combine sports with technology, you can end up with some serious improvements to the game. The NBA and Stats LLC is rolling out the SportVU motion tracking system, which uses six cameras to collect various types of data for the purpose of statistic tracking.  Read More

Vehicles of sport

Back in February, Gizmag scoured the many halls of the ISPO Munich 2013 sports show for the latest and greatest in action, outdoor and snow sports gear. Recently we did the same at one of ISPO's American counterparts: Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. Along the way we found numerous interesting, innovative and downright odd vehicles, vessels and machines designed for those specialist, sporty uses where standard equipment just doesn't cut it. With the summer winding down toward cooler weather (or vice versa for our southern readers), we thought it the perfect time to share this mix of snow, street, air and water gear.  Read More

The Hoop Tracker system allows basketball players to track and analyze their training perf...

Although shooting baskets is an important part of basketball training in and of itself, it would certainly be helpful to know how many of your shots actually result in the ball going through the hoop – is your success rate increasing or dropping, and if so, by how much? The Hoop Tracker system is designed to let you know.  Read More

The Brakeboard is being made as a complete board, although the rear truck is what makes it...

Longboard skateboards can travel downhill insanely fast, which makes the practice of downhill boarding look pretty scary to a lot of us. Add in the fact that the boards don’t have brakes, however, and it can seem downright suicidal. That’s why Australian boarder Benjamin Newman has developed the brake-equipped Brakeboard.  Read More

The board-mounted Trace action sports monitor enables advanced tracking functions like tri...

There's no shortage of sports performance trackers, but most of them are worn on the body. Watches and glasses simply aren't comfortable for every sport, or every athlete. The Trace action sports activity monitor being developed by California's ActiveReplay pulls the hardware off the body and puts it somewhere more comfortable – on the board. It also adds some tracking functions geared specifically for board sports.  Read More

The GolfBoard is a more adventuresome alternative to the golf cart

When people want to criticize electric cars, they often refer to them as glorified golf carts. Why? Because golf carts (with a few exceptions) are known for being slow and boring. That being the case, what options are there for hip, young golfers who are too cool for carts? Well, they might soon be able to carve across the greens on an electric GolfBoard.  Read More

The Strikeloader is a battery-operated backpack that feeds paintballs directly into a gun,...

It may be a relatively new sport, but there's been surprisingly little technological innovation in the world of paintball since it was created. Aside from a few modest enhancements, the basic gas-powered guns (also called markers) have remained about the same, but an upcoming product could change how the game is played entirely. The Strikeloader is a battery-operated backpack that feeds paintballs directly into a gun, eliminating the need for a regular loader while holding six times as much ammo.  Read More

Swingbyte2 is a device/app that works with your iOS or Android device to analyze your swin...

Even if you don’t know any golfers, you probably know that they’re obsessed with perfecting their swing. As a result, it’s now possible to buy swing-improving gear such as special cameras, gyroscopic clubs, and sensor-equipped gloves. One of the latest such aids is a device/app combo known as Swingbyte2.  Read More

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