2014 Paris Motor Show highlights

Olympics

Dainese says the D-air does not affect the skier's aerodynamics

We've been following the development of the Dainese D-Air Ski for just over three years, and the company has now revealed a near-competition-ready prototype to the world. Using a clever array of sensors, the protective ski garment detects a crash and rapidly inflates around the skier's upper body to protect from injury on the way down.  Read More

The Bolshoy Ice Dome (image: Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee)

The XXII Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, are said to have cost around US$50 billion, which makes them the most expensive Games to date. The bill includes many new buildings and the first ever Winter Olympic Park, planned by stadium designers Populous, who also created the Fisht stadium, venue for the opening and closing ceremonies. But the lack of big-name architects is noticeable, as is the fact that most of the venues are designed for re-use; some will even be dismantled and moved elsewhere after the Games.  Read More

The MegaFon pavilion for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia features a façade that ...

London architect Asif Khan's 2,000 square-meter (21,500 sq ft) pavilion has been called the “Mount Rushmore of the digital age,” and its aim is to “make people the face of the Olympics.” The façade of the pavilion, sponsored by MegaFon, contains 10,000 actuators (or giant pins), which will create a changing display of three-dimensional portraits.  Read More

Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov waves the Olympic torch outside the International Space Station...

The torch for next year's Winter Olympics in Russia took a detour into orbit yesterday as two Russian cosmonauts working outside the International Space Station (ISS) conducted the first ever torch handover in the vacuum of space.  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

Scientists are using new technology to develop ski sledges optimized for each individual a...

Cross-country and biathlon skiers competing in the 2014 Winter Paralympics may have an advantage over skiers who have competed in previous games. This time around, some of them might be using custom-optimized ski sledges, made by a consortium including Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials.  Read More

The judges were also looking for a design that would integrate well with the local road sy...

It may have been likened to a bicycle helmet, but that hasn't stopped the Japan Sport Council from selecting Zaha Hadid Architect's design for a new Japanese national stadium to be built by 2019. It's hoped that the design for the 80,000-seat stadium will boost Tokyo's chances of hosting the 2020 Summer Olympics.  Read More

BMW has provided a sneak peek at its two-man bobsled, in the form of this illustration

When the US Bobsled Team hits the ice at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, they’ll be doing it in a BMW. The team hasn’t won a gold medal in two-man bobsledding since 1936, so the USA Bobsled & Skeleton Federation (USBSF) asked the automaker to design them a faster sled – and it did just that.  Read More

Precision and timing are everything

If you can’t be bothered to head to London, but still want some Olympic excitement, London 2012, the official game of the event (one of them, anyway) has come to Windows, Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and OnLive. Gizmag raced the Xbox 360 version once around the track: read on to see if wins a gold medal.  Read More

British Olympic cyclist Sir Chris Hoy turns up the heat on his 'hot pants'

Before competing, professional cyclists jump on a trainer and ride to warm-up, but muscles can lose this heat if there's a time delay between the warm-up and the start of the race. In an effort to plug this gap and gain the tiny advantage that's so critical in top-level sport, adidas has created ADIPOWER muscle warming garments - a pair of track pants with a battery-powered heater, helps keep muscles at the right temperature.  Read More

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