Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

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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

An AR-15 pistol equipped with an Auxetic muzzle break (Photo: Sintercore)

Michigan-based Sintercore is billing its Auxetik as the first commercial 3D printed firearm muzzle brake. Made of Inconel alloy using a laser additive manufacturing process, the Auxetik is designed to tame the recoil and muzzle rise of AR-15 pistols.  Read More

Usain Bolt leaves the pack in his dust while setting a new world record for the 200-meter ...

Usain Bolt is often described as the world's fastest man. The reigning Olympic champion in the 100-meter and 200-meter sprints as well as a member of the Olympic champion 4x100 meter relay team, Bolt is the first man to win six Olympic gold medals in sprinting, and is a five-time world champion. Long and lanky at 6 ft 5 in tall, he towers above the (mostly) much shorter sprinters. How has he managed to come out on top for the past five years? A team of physicists from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) has analyzed Bolt's past performances in the 100-meter sprint to understand what makes a record-breaker.  Read More

The GTi Surfboard Concept was unveiled last month in the UK

If you want something to look elegant, you build it out of wood. If you want it to look cutting-edge, on the other hand, you make it out of carbon fiber. So, what happens when you combine the two materials? Well, you end up with something like Peugeot's one-off GTi Surfboard Concept.  Read More

Nike's Free Hyperfeel shoes were developed using pressure-mapping technology

Inspired by Nike’s “Nature Amplified” design ethos, the Free Hyperfeel shoes are the company’s latest sports footwear designed to mimic the working of the human foot. By using pressure-mapping technology and high-speed film to analyze the foot in motion, the designers say they were able to provide padding and protection only where it is needed. The result is a shoe made up of only seven components, which contrasts with the 57 components that go into a typical Air Pegasus running shoe.  Read More

Adidas recently revealed its new Springblade running shoes, which feature angled elastic b...

Athletes are always looking for equipment that can give them an edge, and for runners, that means shoes that can launch them ahead with minimal energy. In the past, most shoe companies have produced shoes with flexible mid-soles that help the wearer push off of the ground more easily, but some recent footwear from Adidas might take that concept to a new level. The aptly-named Adidas Springblade uses angled elastic blades on the soles to quickly propel the wearer forward as if they had springs on their feet.  Read More

The Vortex jersey's air channels create a cooling effect

Cyclists who don't dig the idea of fitting a spray bottle next to the brake levers, gear shifters, shock adjusters and other handlebar hardware on their bikes may have a simpler alternative for keeping cool. The new Vortex bicycle jersey includes an integrated airflow system that serves as a sort of air conditioning on the road or trail.  Read More

A new study suggests novice runners should think twice before forking out for supportive r...

Novice runners wearing ordinary, non-supportive running shoes are at no greater risk of injury, even if they pronate or supinate (that is, their feet roll inward or outward as they run) according to new research out of Aarhus University in Denmark. The researchers think that novice runners should instead think about their weight, training regime and old injuries as the predominate risks of injury.  Read More

This CheckLight's blinking red LED indicates that a serious blow to the head has taken pla...

Although everyone knows of the dangers of brain injuries, it’s often difficult to tell if such an injury has taken place. There are certainly cases in which athletes receive concussions, yet say that they feel fine when asked. That’s why Reebok and flexible electronics developer MC10 have created the CheckLight skull cap. It lets athletes and coaches know when a potentially brain-damaging impact has been delivered to its wearer’s head.  Read More

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