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Tag Archives: Sports

LED Golf Balls For Awesome Nighttime Playing

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Mark Twain once said that golf was a good walk spoiled. He definitely never saw these LED Golf Balls, then. Just imagine how awesome this would look in the middle of the night, soaring through the air. No we’re not actually suggesting you can get a proper game of golf going in the dark, but you can still have fun so why not give them a try? They light up as soon as they’re hit, and stay lit for 8 minutes, which should be long enough for you to find it. The battery will last 40 hours, which is a lot of 8 minute cycles. It’s $30.

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Boom: Badminton!

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As long as you’re not hung up on the idea of playing the game properly, with regulation court lines and fancy rackets, this $100 Instant Badminton Court should keep you somewhat entertained on a long summer day. No installation is required, as this freestanding set simply pops out of its carrying bag and expands into a regulation height, 11.5ft wide net. The kit comes with 4 rackets and 2 high-visibility shuttlecocks. Also, shuttlecocks is a funny word.

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One World Futbol Is Nearly Indestructible, Can Bring Some Joy To Kids In Impoverished Countries

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The world’s most popular sport doesn’t involve a cigar shaped ball thrown with the hand, but rather a spherical one kicked around with your feet. And while the barrier to entry is usually quite low, requiring nothing more than a ball and your legs, even that’s a tall order sometimes; in some part of the world, balls are fashioned with thrash and string. The One World Futbol is a very special ball in that even when punctured several times, it doesn’t deflate. It just keeps going and going. And the idea of the project is that if you buy one, another one will be given to a child in need, somewhere in the world. Created by Tim Jahnigen, early on the project was given some wings by an involvement from superstar Sting, and then a sponsorship from Chevrolet. It’s called “One World” in recognition that we really do live in one world, and as a reminder to people in the “first world” that they are in fact sharing the same planet as those who live in more impoverished areas. It’s $40.

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Superlight Windbreaker Folds Up To Fit In Your Pocket

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Ever been jogging and wished you’d brought your jacket? But it didn’t seem that cold, right? If you’d had Solomon’s S-LAB Light Jacket, you could have just brought it with you in your jogging pants’ pocket and pulled it out when you noticed you were getting cold. It weighs all of 70g, (2.5oz.) and has what the company calls “ClimaWind” technology, which means it’s made from a highly breathable material that won’t have you starting to sweat, making you want to take it off, only to get cold again because now you’re sweaty and it’s still cold out…

It’s $80.

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94Fifty Basketball Is Rigged With Six Sensitive Sensors

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Baketball’s been around for a while, but now that high-tech sensors are super small and cheap, why not stuff them inside a ball and start getting a bunch of metrics on the game you know and love? The 94Fifty basketball weighs and behaves exactly the same as a standard ball, but contains 6 sensors that can communicate with your smartphone via Bluetooth, and feed it data on spin, shot arc, shot speed, dribbling speed, dribbling strength and pretty much anything you’d want to measure to help you improve your game. The app also comes with various challenges for you to complete and social elements to put you up against other 94Fifty owners around the world. Charging of the various sensors is accomplished wirelessly, through a Qi-approved electrical induction pad.

There’s no official price just yet, but this should be hitting the marketplace this month.

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Variable Gravity Soccer Training Apparatus

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We’re not going to enter into a commentary on soccer and its viability as a serious sport in the USA. Suffice it to say, a good chunk of the world loves it and that’s enough to make the Zero Gravity Soccer First Touch system you see pictured above relevant. Having fast and agile feet is essential to becoming a good soccer player, and that’s not learnt overnight. The Zero Gravity system grabs the ball on one end, and lets you adjust the counterweights on the other end, slowing the movement of the ball considerably. Less counterwight, faster ball, and vice versa. The device can be placed at different heights, which means you can practice bouncing it not just on your feet, but also on your head, or your knees.

Clearly aimed at young players, we think that even novice adults could benefit from it. But you’ll have to pay $139 for the privilege of owning it.

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Boarder Kontrol Is A Braking System For Snowboards

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Snowboarding isn’t hard, but it also isn’t the most intuitive sport to pick up. That’s why a company called Streetboardz has developed the Boarder Kontrol system you see above. It’s a braking system that gives novice snowboarders the one thing they always wish they had: instant manual braking. It’s not meant to stay there forever, but like the training wheels on a bicycle, the Boarder Kontrol can give a beginner that extra bit of confidence needed to get started carving snow.

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The Soloshot Keeps You In The Frame, No Matter Where You Are

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Some of you may harbor the desire to create videos of yourselves in the process of committing shenanigans of various sorts, and this always implies a certain amount of logistics. For one, whether these are acts of skillful sporting display, or simply running around while flailing your arms, you’ll usually need a second person to pan the camera to keep you in the shot. The Soloshot removes the need for that friend. It’s a robotic camera base on which you can mount any recording device with a tripod mount, and which then follows your movements thanks to a wireless transmitter armband. “It can rotate at speeds of up to 40º per second all the way around, and can track subjects up to 2000 feet away moving at speeds up to 140 mph.”

Replacing your friends with a robotic device doesn’t come cheap. The Soloshot is $480, but has the extra advantage of not judging you every single time you fail that jump.

Keep reading for a video of it in action, as well as links.

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Press Is Press: Reebok Makes Polarizing ATV 19+ Shoes

Ever since Reebok announced their ATV 19+ shoes, pictured above, people with opinions have been broadcasting them quite loudly on both sides of the like/dislike divide. The shoes, equipped with 19 bulbous nodes (or lugs as Reebok calls them) on the sole, are supposed to give you added traction on uneven terrain. We suspect however that the real reason they look this way is to attract your attention. And it works; here we are after all, along with a throng of other press outlets, talking about them. So, whether you love or hate them, Reebok’s in the news, and that’s rarely a bad thing.

Whether or not the unusual outsole pattern translates into real world performance or comfort improvements remains to be seen. They’ll be available as of February 1st, for $140.

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