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Brazilian soccer gets a touch of high-tech with TacticalPad

Brazil is a soccer-mad country. As the host country of the upcoming 2014 World Cup, it is even more obsessed with the beautiful game. The love for the sport permeates Brazilian culture and has reached the labs of software engineers, who have created a virtual platform to replace the traditional tactic boards used by coaches to analyze and improve strategies for players. Read More

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Bia sports watch made specifically for women adds à la carte GPS

GPS watches already come in all shapes and sizes (at least if you consider "heavy, square brick" and "massive discus" all shapes and sizes). Now they have a gender. The new Bia sports watch claims to be the first GPS sports watch designed for women, by women. In addition to bringing a little estrogen to a testosterone-dominated market, the watch adds a slim form factor, a separate GPS-GSM unit and a smart set of features. Read More

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Rafael Nadal demonstrates Babolat Play & Connect interactive tennis racquet

Some people argue that technology makes us lazy couch-potatoes who spend all day sitting in front of various screens. But tech can also make us better athletes by providing us with information about our sporting performance - whether it's shoes which log a basketball player's jumps, or outfits which give dancers feedback about their moves. Tennis players could soon be getting in on the tech-helping-hand action with the introduction of an interactive racquet. Read More

Health & Wellbeing

Movement-monitoring garment gives feedback for yoga, sport and dance

Since the 1980s keeping fit has become an ever more popular pursuit and these days, the diversity of fitness programs is truly breath-taking and increasingly high tech. With a prototype created by an avant-garde Seattle design lab, exercise looks set to become positively futuristic. Along similar lines to the MotivePro vibrating suit we looked at last week, Move, designed by Electric Foxy, a company that develops wearable technology, is a kind of sensorial tank top that monitors movements during exercise to help people improve their performance, with particular emphasis on movement precision.Read More

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MotivePro vibrating suit to help athletes perfect their technique

Many professional athletes employ motion capture technology to help identify problems with their techniques so they can be corrected. However, such technology generally takes the athlete out of the usual performing environment and only lets them review their technique after the fact. Now researchers at Birmingham City University have developed a wearable device, dubbed the “Vibrating Suit,” that provides feedback to the wearer about where their body is in space in real time. Aside from assisting athletes perfect their technique, the technology could also be used to help prevent injuries in those that perform strenuous activities as part of their job.Read More

Around The Home

New exercise bikes offer aesthetic appeal

Following in the footsteps of the Ciclotte design, it looks like exercise equipment continues to get a makeover. Moving away from clunky equipment that often folds away to stay out-of-sight, two new pieces are designed to adorn a living room. TECHNOGYM presented their latest range of exercise equipment during Milan Design Week 2012, while LUNAR's striking Vela concept turns your home workout bike into a work of art when not in use. Read More

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CaveSim electronic virtual cave lets you try before you spelunk

You could easily go to a rock gym to try climbing or throw on a pair of boots and hike a local trail, but you'd need to invest a little more time and planning to try caving. You could commit to joining a caving club or pay for a guided tour, but options for just going out and giving it a go are quite limited. CaveSim is a unique innovation that lets prospective cavers get a taste for the sport by providing a virtual indoor cave environment. The device includes electronic sensors for video-game-like scoring features, allowing for tracking your personal score and competing against others. Read More

Medical

US government licenses Unreal game engine to train FBI agents and army medics

Video game developer, Epic Games, is known for giving players realistic experiences thanks to its popular Unreal Engine platform. But while games like Batman: Arkham City and Gears of War are certainly entertaining, virtually beating up thugs and fighting subterranean creatures doesn't exactly translate into real world skills. However a new agreement with teaching software developer, Virtual Heroes, could see Epic's platform used to create more practical experiences and train medical staff and law enforcement officers to handle high-stress situations. By using Epic's Unreal Engine 3, some United States government agencies like the FBI and US Army are hoping to give their employees tools for virtually practicing their skills in a more realistic environment and better prepare them to save lives. Read More

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Gyroboard: a springy, spinny balance board for off-season training

Hailing from New Zealand, "land of the extreme," the Gyroboard is a balance board for general exercise and off-season training that appears to have the potential to become a fun hobby on its own. Gyro Enterprises, the brains and bills behind the device, says that it helps your core strength, balance and coordination. It can be used for injury rehabilitation, sports training, fitness, etc. The board simulates the movements of board sports like skateboarding and snowboarding, so it's a good way to practice in the comforts of your own backyard or home. Read More

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