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— Science

The surprising aerodynamics behind the Brazuca World Cup football

Under the guise of World Cup fever, scientists across the globe are seizing the opportunity to examine the aerodynamic properties of what will in all likelihood be the most talked-about object on a global scale over the coming weeks, the 2014 World Cup match ball. The ball, lovingly named Brazuca by the Brazilian people, is the product of a significant amount of research and money aimed at creating the ultimate centerpiece for one of the greatest sporting competitions on Earth. Read More
— Wearable Electronics

Smash wearable tech helps tennis players improve their game

The wearable tech market is growing rapidly, and while it might sometimes seem like an unnecessary luxury for most walks of life, one place it actually does make sense is in sports. Athletes are always looking for ways to improve their performance, and wearable devices allow them to track exactly what they need to work on. Smash is a new device that its creator hopes will offer these benefits specifically to tennis players. Read More
— Sports

Adidas miCoach Smart Ball tracks your striking power and finesse

It was back in 2007 that Adidas first explored the potential of an intelligent football. In the time since, it has continued to smarten up sports performance with heart-monitoring phones, fitness tracking watches and intelligent football boots. Now, just as the globe turns its focus to next month's World Cup in Brazil, it has unveiled the miCoach Smart Ball, a soccer ball with built-in sensors to track everything from the power of your strike to the finesse of your free kick. Read More
— Sports

Syrmo motion tracker unobtrusively tracks skateboard tricks

An abundance of sensors and armbands speaks to the popularity of tracking sporting performance. But extending this technology to an extreme sport like skateboarding raises another set of questions. How can a device be attached to the board without affecting performance? And, even if it is possible to quantify a sport so deeply rooted in the expression of personal style, is there a point? A group of skaters from Buenos Aires, Argentina feel there's much to gain by tracking flips and spins and have developed Syrmo, a motion tracker that fits discreetly underneath the trucks to gauge everything from air time to the force of your ollie. Read More
— Outdoors

DreamScience electric thrusters could give adrenaline sports a push

Motor power can make already crazy, awesome adrenaline sports even crazier and … awesomer. Just look at designs like the Gnarboard and Jetboard. Unfortunately, filling a garage with various forms of motorized gear could quickly bankrupt a professional sports star. If an experimental thrusting system from UK-based Dreamscience Propulsion makes it to market, it could save some of those dollars by rolling the fun of several types of motorized boards into one device. The electric propulsion system lends motor-muscle to skiing, surfing, paragliding and beyond. Read More
— Sports

Wilson's sensor-packing Smart Basketball tracks shooting performance

Tracking shooting success from different areas on the basketball court can provide valuable insights into the strengths and weaknesses of a player, though it usually involves dedicated statisticians to collect and monitor the data. Looking to extend the benefits of these analytics beyond the professional arena is sporting goods manufacturer Wilson, who has announced its Smart Basketball designed to offer detailed feedback on training performance. Read More