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Tag Archives: Sports

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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‘Franklin Shoot Again’ Is The Lazyman’s Basketball Hoop

Granted, if you’re going to want to be shooting some hoops in the comfort of your room, you’re probably not going to get a full size setup with a regulation ball; that’s just a recipe for some broken windows. But something like the Franklin Shoot Again system pictured above on the other hand would do nicely. It’s a lot like the games you play in carnivals or arcade parlours (remember those?), consisting of a foam ball and a plastic hoop. There’s a plastic elbow at the bottom that returns the ball to you, saving you the hassle of, you know, walking a bit. There’s an electronic scoring and time clock, with authentic announcer sounds. The return elbow even rotates 180 degrees so it’ll send the ball back at you from any angle.

That’s a pretty sweet $40 present for a someone that spends a lot of time in their room.

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ShockBox Is A G-Meter For Potential Head Injuries

Playing contact sports is all fun and games (literally) until someone gets a concussion, or worse. It’s not always easy to tell between the player that’s laying on the ground because he got the wind knocked out of him, or the one that needs medical attention because his brain got a shakeup. The ShockBox is a special sensor that is meant to be placed either on or inside a helmet, and it contains two things: an accelerometer and a Bluetooth radio. Should any one player experience a severe hit, a signal is immediately sent to a paired smartphone (say, the coach’s) with impact data and analysis. It uses long range Bluetooth, so the device has a range of up to 100m, and one smartphone can pair with up to 128 sensors at once. This means you could conceivably monitor an entire team, and provide medical assistance when needed. ShockBox installs with 3M double sided tape, which is provided with your $149 unit. Yeah, that’s a lot of money to fork over when you’re decking out an entire high school football team, but if you’ve got the budget, you don’t want to be skimping on safety.

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Oru Kayak Folds Up Origami-Style

Kayaking is fun; it’s a good exercise and you get to be outdoors and on the water. That’s about as radical as it gets in relation to the daily grind here at OhGizmo. But kayaks are bulky and we generally resort to renting one wherever the opportunity arises, which somewhat limits our chances to practice the sport. The Oru Kayak on the other hand is super light (25 lbs.) and ultra portable since it folds up into a 33″ X 29″ X 10″ case whenever you’re not using it.

Each Oru Kayak is engineered of a single sheet of double-layered plastic. The single seam is sealed with a watertight rubber gasket. Solid ribs offer strength and rigidity.The corrugated plastic skin is extremely tough and durable.

It’s not a toy boat either; it has a sturdy coaming (cockpit rim) that fits spray skirts and easily-adjustable footrests, as well as a comfortable foam seat and backband. Bill Vonnegut, a professional kayak guide/instructor says “It accelerates like a rocket, and carves a turn like a dream.” Sure, that might be a paid endorsement, but then again this might be a truly innovative product. The Kickstarter campaign has achieved its goal almost threefold, so the marketplace interest is there. An $800 pledge would get you yours by May 2013, and you’d be able to decide for yourself.

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When Tired Of Running On A Treadmill, There’s Always The TreadWall

Jogging is so 2008: all the cool kids these days are climbing. Unfortunately, not all the cool kids have the kind of space that can fit a climbing wall, leaving them to scale desks, stairwells and backyard sheds. While often making for YouTube gold, the more serious athletes might want to look into the Treadwall. It’s just like a treadmill, only more vertical and with more climbing points. You set the speed and determine the course, making things as hard or easy as you think you can handle. There’s no noisy motor, speed being determined entirely by friction. The TreadWall M4 is only 4 ft. wide and shouldn’t take up much space in your home.

And if you’re the kind of hardcore climber that trains for, you know, real life, then there’s the TreadWall Kore with an overhang that can reach 35 degrees, and up to 280 different hold positions. That particular one is almost $5,000, so we expect the other models to be somewhat less, but still in the comfortable 4 digits.

No, these aren’t exactly new products, but that’s never stopped us from posting about stuff before.

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