What happens when you combine Nordic skiing, stand-up paddle and switch-kick longboarding? You end up with a new method of transportation called SpikeBoarding, which requires a SkateBoard "Spike" and a specialized longboard.
Zepp Labs' training systems for Baseball, Golf and Tennis go on sale this week, offering sophisticated scientific analysis in three of the most commonly played and universally loved sports. A small bat/racket/glove-mounted unit containing a powerful ARM processor and multiple sensors, captures data at 1,000 data points per second on the athlete's swing, then transfers that data via Bluetooth to a smartphone or tablet for immediate analysis and feedback.
In its early days, skateboarding was known in some circles as "sidewalk surfing," but lately we've seen a number of powered boards designed to leave the street behind and head off road. In 2009 we looked at one such prototype board known as the Scarpar Powerboard
. The inventor of that board, Dan Baldwin, has now developed another prototype all-terrain board called the Ungoverned that is designed to tackle everything from rocks to snow.
Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has created a set of bespoke titanium horseshoes for a Melbourne race horse using additive 3D printing. According to CSIRO, this is a first for horse racing and demonstrates the potential for the technology.
Texas-based start-up KneeFlyer has put a new spin on board sports by designing a sort of board booster seat. The add-on allows snowboarders and skaters to kneel or sit on their boards, lowering their centers of gravity and making it easier to balance and turn.
Continuing its ongoing trend towards targeting specific user groups
, Leatherman is extending its line of multi-tools with two new action sports models designed for surfers and skaters.
So, yep, a performance-monitoring device for yet another
sport has been created. Just in the past 30 days alone, we've heard about new gadgets to help athletes improve their basketball
skills. Now, a University of Newcastle tech spin-off has announced a system known as ClimbAX – and as its name implies, it's designed for climbers.
In sports, data is useful in helping players improve their game. We've seen performance-monitoring devices for basketball
, 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.
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.