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ISPO 2013

Danish company Danfoss PolyPower A/S has designed a new wearable sports sensor that has the potential to measure everything from stance to force. The sensor could prove a veritable technology on its own, but PolyPower technology is also being explored as a means of actuation and energy harvesting. Read More

Looking like a redesigned George Foreman grill with bright-orange tentacles, the Italian-built Xbase training pod is a versatile, portable exercise solution designed to bring fitness to the office, home or hotel room. Read More

Thanks to the surplus of affordable wearable video camera hardware, action sports enthusiasts no longer need a sponsorship or film crew to capture their biggest, most exciting trips and moves. Now all it takes is a couple hundred bucks. GoPro and Contour have been one-upping each other for years, and the big guns at Sony, JVC and Panasonic recently decided to join them. While walking the action cam section of the ISPO Munich sports show, we came across some additional competitors – with some very innovative hardware – from around the world. Read More
Snowshoes can be quite stiff and uncomfortable to walk in, especially for the uninitiated. The qualities that make them good for walking on snow – a large surface surface area and rotating crampon – can make them rather gawky to use. French snowshoe manufacturer TSL Outdoor has a different vision for snowshoes. In an attempt to better connect the user with the terrain, the company has designed a new composite shoe called Symbioz that is much slimmer and more flexible than conventional designs. Read More
Touch-friendly gloves have exploded in popularity over the past few years. But how do you make use of that techy knit when your tablet is buried in your backpack? Osprey has introduced a solution: touch-friendly backpacks and bags. Read More
While water bottles are great for staying hydrated, they aren't so great once you're hydrated and they're empty. Lugging an empty bottle around is rarely convenient, especially if you're doing something athletic like running – and there isn't always a recycling bin or garbage can around to ditch it in. HydraPak's new SoftFlask helps get the empty water bottle out of your way by collapsing into a tiny package. Read More
In designing a new scooter, Swiss company Cycon looked to a new geometrical form. Instead of basing the scooter on hard lines and angles, they made it circular. What follows is a scooter that promises to flow as smoothly standing still as it does while riding. Read More
The Segway never actually changed the way cities are built – or anything else for that matter – but to a certain segment of commuter, a small, light, zero-emissions mode of transportation remains quite attractive. The Scuddy is a German-built electric scooter that fits the bill. It folds up for easy transport, allows riders to sit or stand, and provides an attractive alternative to cars, bikes and motorcycles ... and Segways. Read More
According to the American Nordic Walking Association, walking with poles burns more than 40 percent more calories per hour and works more muscles than normal walking. Swedish company BungyPump believes that it can better that further with its unique springy poles. We call it Swedish walking ("Nordic" includes Sweden, too, but Nordic walking is a Finnish export), and it's a potential new trend for fitness nuts. Read More
We've been following the progression of the ski airbag from Italian company Dainese for over a year. It turns out Dainese will have some competition from its neighbors in France. Helite, a company that specializes in equestrian airbag vests, is developing its own protective skiing airbag. Read More
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