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— Sports

Disney Research models analyze and predict player behavior in basketball and soccer

By - December 17, 2014 3 Pictures
With all the stats and analysis getting batted around, you could be forgiven for thinking that modern sport is not about the grand battles between opposing players and teams but rather an elaborate exercise in data modelling. An entire industry is forming around predictions and tracking in sports, on the one hand to understand and on the other to compete better. Now Disney Research has released two new studies that help both of these along. One study analyzed soccer player and ball movement patterns to detect and visualize team formations, while the other built models that could accurately predict whether a basketball player will pass or shoot in a given game situation. Read More
— Outdoors

Best adventure gear of 2014 for rock, dirt, snow and sand

By - December 11, 2014 49 Pictures
It's been a triumphant year for adrenaline. The year hosted the introduction of wild, innovative adventure gear for every type of terrain and weather known to man. The new generation of hard goods, which encapsulates everything from mini snowmobiles, to high-powered electric thrusters, to super-fast two, three, four and six-wheelers, will ensure that the Earth's asphalt, sand, snow and rock remain thrilling playgrounds. Read More
— Home Entertainment

Buttkicker lets San Jose Sharks fans feel the game, from the bottom up

By - December 5, 2014 1 Picture
Watching a professional-league hockey game from front-row seats can be fairly intense, particularly when players crash into the boards right in front of you. Watching games on your TV at home isn't quite as exciting, although the San Jose Sharks, Comcast SportsNet California and The Guitammer Company want to change that. Using Guitammer's existing Buttkicker kit, they want to let home-viewing Sharks fans feel all the board hits through their couches. Read More
— Aircraft

The Mind4 could take auto-tracking drones to new heights

By - November 19, 2014 10 Pictures
Among the swarm of consumer drones to emerge this year, a number have been aimed squarely at action sports devotees. What defines these vehicles is a tracking feature that enables the drone to autonomously follow athletes from above, but these generally require the user to carry a smartphone to communicate their GPS position. Streaming from a built-in camera to a smartphone app, the Mind4 drone instead allows users to select any object to follow onscreen, a feature that could lead to new possibilities in aerial drone photography. Read More
— Robotics

Megabots: Paintball with giant robots

By - November 13, 2014 7 Pictures
Who hasn't looked at a sporting event and thought that it would be better if it involved giant robots wailing on each other? That seems to be the thinking of the people behind the MegaBots Kickstarter campaign, who are raising money to build giant humanoid robots with human drivers to take on each other in paintball arena games. Read More
— Outdoors

Modular Offpiste takes triangular approach to backpack design

By - October 14, 2014 12 Pictures
Over the years, the backpack has evolved slowly. It's gained new and improved features, but it's remained essentially the same: a dual-strapped sack. But a host of more substantial backpack redesigns over recent years, such as multifunctional jacket backpacks and restructured strap systems, suggest that evolution might be accelerating. The Offpiste UltraPack leaps forward a few evolutionary stages, strapping a gear-hauling triangle to your torso via a single strap for new-found athleticism. Read More
— Sports

WingBoarding: An extreme aerial sport inspired by a Disney cartoon

By - October 8, 2014 4 Pictures
Technological advances haven't just led to more comfortable homes and more productive workplaces, they've also provided thrillseekers with new and inventive ways to get the adrenalin pumping, with Wakeboarding (now possible without a boat), skydiving and wingsuit flying just some examples of extreme sports enabled by modern technology. Now Aaron Wypyszynski, founder of Alabama-based Wyp Aviation, is looking to combine elements of these three sports in WingBoarding, which would see a rider towed behind a plane atop a winged board – yes, seriously. Read More
— Outdoors

ICEdot adds user-activated Trigger to its emergency communications line

By - September 26, 2014 1 Picture
Two years ago, ICEdot presented the Crash Sensor, an emergency notification device designed to mount to sports helmets. After getting it to market last year, the company found that although its customers liked having the sensor-activated emergency notification, some of them also wanted to have a manual emergency notification. ICEdot has responded with the Emergency Trigger. Read More
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