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— Science

New animation tech could make motion capture suits obsolete

Actors may soon say good-bye to those humbling Lycra body suits commonly used in the visual effects industry, thanks to a group of researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Informatics (MPII). They've formed a start-up called The Captury that is set to deliver its proprietary markerless motion capture software later this year. Their software can even capture a costume's surface detail in three dimensions, like the draping folds in a ballroom dress. Read More

Tablet-based system analyzes voice to detect concussions

Concussions should be tended to a soon as possible after they occur, but it’s often difficult to tell whether or not one has actually been sustained, without taking the person to a hospital. That’s why scientists at Indiana’s University of Notre Dame have developed a tablet-based test that detects concussions on the spot, by analyzing the voice. Read More
— Sports

4D Sportsground features rotating surface to support multiple uses

Some sports venues – think indoor basketball courts/ice hockey rinks – use their space to support multiple sports. LEDSSPORT's Pulastic LED Court and ASB's GlassFloor both use LEDs to redraw line marking to suit different sports, but the new 4D Sportsground being developed in The Netherlands takes the concept to the next level, delivering a sports field that seamlessly rotates between three separate surfaces. Its designers hope to develop a field that spends 24 hours a day in use. Read More
— Digital Cameras

The BallCam – coming soon to a gridiron near you?

Viewers of televised football games can now see footage from video cameras mounted on the players’ helmets and the coaches’ heads ... what else could one ask? Of course, let’s see what things look like from the ball’s point of view! Actually, that’s no longer as far-fetched as it once was. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Japan’s University of Electro-Communications (UEC) recently unveiled their BallCam system, which can provide relatively smooth video from a spinning, airborne football. Read More
— Automotive

Nissan upgrades Nismo to global performance road car brand

Nissan opened a new global headquarters for its Nismo performance brand in Yokohama, Japan yesterday, at the same time as announcing a considerable promotion of the formerly niche brand to major performance car brand with a presence in every Nissan showroom globally. The name Nismo will be now used in a similar fashion to the way Mercedes Benz uses AMG, or BMW uses the M logo, and joy-o-joy, there will be a high(er) performance Nismo version of Nissan's bargain-basement GT-R supercar. Read More
— Sports

Trick Kick – like foosball with real people

Can't get your proper fill of football (or, if your prefer, soccer) by living vicariously through the Ronaldos and Messis of the world? Consider table foosball frat boy play? Perhaps the new Trick Kick mini soccer game will do the ... trick. Billed as the world's one and only original indoor mini kick soccer game, Trick Kick provides a new way of experiencing the world's most popular sport. Read More
— Outdoors

Popticals' sliding rail system makes wraparound sunglasses more compact

Wraparound style sunglasses favored by many sportspeople provide that extra side protection from the sun's rays, but their curved lenses can make them bulky even when folded up. They create an uncomfortable bulge in the pocket, can be annoying perched on your head or hanging off your shirt, and are easy to lose. A new design called Popticals is designed to be easier to store and transport. Read More
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