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XWave Sport Can Tell You What Your Brain Should Already Know

By David Ponce

What you have here is a sports headband with an integrated brain wave sensor. This feeds into a smartphone for analysis. Why? We’re not sure since, while commercially available, the product is in fairly early development. Our understanding is that your “relaxation, focus and other parameters” can be analyzed while you work out to inform you of your own brain status. Are you pushing yourself to the max, or are you just feeling lazy? Now that you’ve been jogging for 4 hours straight, is it your body that’s about to fail, or is it your brain? Are these the sort of questions it seeks to answer? We don’t really know. The company is touting the availability of SDKs for outside developers to create the kind of software that could give the XWave Sport the sort of functionality we hope it can have. For now it’s a sweat-proof, washable headband that can read some brain activity parameters. It’s $99 and available now for Android devices, and not iOS just yet.

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Nike Unveils TurboSpeed Suit, A Golf Ball Inspired Running Outfit


By David Ponce

Golf balls are covered in dimples simply because this gives them an aerodynamic efficiency rivalled by no other surface texture. And now Nike has unveiled a running suit based off the same design: the TurboSpeed, which they claim can shave up to 0.23 seconds off a 100 meter sprint. That is huge. Just think that in the 2008 olympics, Usain Bolt won the race only 0.22 seconds ahead of third place and 0.20 seconds from second. Had either of the two other contestants simply been wearing the TurboSpeed they might have won. Nike’s suit, which is made from 82% recycled polyester fabric, is the result of twelve years (!) and hundreds of hours of testing in wind tunnels.

It doesn’t appear that it’s commercially available, as there’s talk that only the teams sponsored by Nike will have access to the outfit. These are the US, Russia and Germany. Bolt is sponsored by Puma. Walter Dix (third in ’08) on the other hand is a member of the US team and will be wearing it London. Will it be enough for him to overtake the champion?

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The Powerbreather Is A New Take On The Snorkel

By David Ponce

Whether you’re a competitive swimmer, or just learning, you might be interested in the Powerbreather. It’s a snorkel made from an elastic material, and it fits snugly around the head. Like most snorkels, air is inhaled through the back, although water is prevented from entering through the use of a check valve. Air is then exhaled exclusively through the mouthpiece, which in ensure through the use of another valve. This makes it so that no stale air is ever re-inhaled, eliminating fatigue effects associated with snorkel use. And “because of the two interacting valves no water gets into the snorkel when descending.” So what you have is the ability to just swim without ever needing to tilt your head up for air, which would be great for a more effective workout, learning to swim, or just snorkelling in the tropics without swallowing a bunch of saltwater in the process.

There’s no word on price of even availability, but it appears to be a new product out of Germany.

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ADAPTRAC System Regulates Bike’s Tire Pressure On The Go

By David Ponce

Whether it’s motor sports or human powered wheeled sports, a lot is riding where the rubber meets the tarmac. Decisions need to be made about tire pressure, with tradeoffs usually unavoidable. Mountain bikes face many different types of surfaces, so are very sensitive to this. Soft tires are great for rocky stretches of trail, where grip and absorption is better. Hard tires are preferable on flat surfaces, to go fast. Usually, a middle ground is chosen and the rest left up to fate. But the ADAPTRAC system changes all that:

ADAPTRAC is a multi-component system comprised of special patent pending hubs, a dual control valve and a C02 power pack/regulator. Tire pressure can be raised or lowered while riding with a quick press of the finger on the handlebar control toggles. Actual tire pressure is displayed on analog gauges mounted on the handlebars. The system utilizes 12x142mm rear and 15mm front axle standards – wheels can be removed as you would normally. ADAPTRAC uses readily available, rechargeable C02 tanks ranging from 4 to 20 ounces so you can carry only what you need. You can now tune your tire pressure to the trail – in seconds!

There’s no price just yet, as the system is in its final prototype stages. However, a price will be announced shortly after the system is presented this week at the Sea Otter Classic Expo in Monterey, California.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Clean Bottle Runner Is All-In-One Solution For Runners

By David Ponce

The Clean Bottle is a simple 22-oz. bottle of water with a sports spout that happens to have a screw off base to make cleaning easier. But now there’s a newer version that features a special add-on for runners. The product is called Clean Bottle Runner and it’s a combination of the Clean Bottle and a sort of strap-on wallet that lets you carry all your essentials. on the front there’s space for your phone, and at the back is an elastic band that lets you keep a couple of gel packs. There’s also room for cards, cash, ID or any small item you might want to bring with you on your run. The shape of this attachment turns it into a handle of sorts, so that you simply slip your hand in, and run with bottle, phone, cards and whatever else all securely in one hand. It might seem like a lot to carry in one hand, but it might beat having all this stuff clunking around in in your pockets.

It’s $30 and ships in May.

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SNAP Skateboard Folds Away For Easy Storage

By David Ponce

Fun story. When I was 10, I was fat and couldn’t have balanced on a skateboard if my life depended on it. Instead, I’d kneel on one and propel myself forward with my hands, pushing on the side. All was good until one day I had the brilliant idea to try and push… from the front! That quickly resulted in my pinky finger being dramatically separated from its nail. Not fun. So I don’t like skateboards, but plenty of people do. And if you’re gonna buy one, you might want to consider the SNAP, which folds away for easy transport in a backpack:

The deck is constructed from 6061-T6, high grade aluminum, and fitted with 56mm premium, 85a urethane wheels using ABEC 7 bearings for fast and efficient cruising. It folds into a compact 14.3” x 7.87” x 5” dimension that can easily fit inside smaller lockers and backpacks.

From the video it looks like you can do anything with this board that you could with a wooden one. The hinges are patented and are meant to secure the board so it doesn’t just fold up as you do an ollie. Or whatever it is the kids do on skateboards. Remember, I don’t like’em.

It’s $119.

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Wingsuit Adrenaline Junkie Nearly Dies, All Caught On Several Cameras

By David Ponce

Jumping off a cliff and flying around in a wing suit looks like one of the most amazing things a human can do. Videos like this one have left this editor dreamy for days on time. Jeb Corliss, who like to go by the name The Birdman, is no stranger to this activity. Already famous for videos like this one with almost 11 millions views, Jeb’s latest is of an entirely different nature. It’s a stark reminder that as awesome as the sport looks, death is really only ever inches away. In the video above, you can see Jeb’s lower body impacting rock and breaking every single bone in his legs… and yet he survives.

Well the answer is very simple. I was flying too close and messed up I was going for a black balloon that was basically laying on the rocks and was going to try and kick it with my foot. In order to do this I had to fly low and flat between boulders. My left foot clipped a boulder that dragged me into a flat ledge that I took at the waist at full speed. If I had not clipped that boulder I might have made it, I might have still impacted. It’s very hard to tell from the footage. Everything happens very fast. But when you go for a flight where inches are the difference between making it and not making it well impact is very possible. I knew this and took the risk and paid the price for pushing way to hard. I take full responsibility for my actions and am just happy I still have legs to do rehab on.

Watch the video above, which shows his crash from multiple angles. It’s not really gory or gross, but it is shocking.

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ZBoard Electric Skateboard Doesn’t Need Handheld Controller

By David Ponce

That headline right there pretty much sums up why the Zboard is worthy of mention. But don’t take that lightly. If you’re going to opt for the electrically powered four-wheeled-wooden-board locomotion, controlling the throttle with a knob in your hand is a decidedly inelegant way to go about it. The ZBoard instead opts for two pressure sensitive pads located in front and at the back of the board; lean forward to go, and back to slow down. There’s even regenerative breaking for greater efficiency. The 400W motor on this little board will take you up to 17mph for about 10 miles, and if the video is any indication of real life performance, it looks like a lot of fun. There are two versions, the Pro and Classic. The prices are $749 and $499 respectively, while the differences seem to amount to the type of battery used: Li-Ion in the Pro and Lead Acid in the Classic. This ekes out more performance out of the pro, so the Classic’s top speed is 15 mph and has a range of only 5 miles.

You can pre-order now, with shipping in mid March.

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This Incredible Looking Bike Frame Weighs Less Than A MacBook Air

By David Ponce

Weighing in at an astonishing 2.74lbs, the Delta 7 Arantix Mountain Bike just looks awesome. “Featuring the patented IsoTruss carbon fiber and Kevlar spider web-like open lattice tube design,” you’ll be hard pressed to find a sturdier and lighter bike frame… anywhere. It is a hard tail (no rear suspension) and it’s handcrafted in the USA. Only 200 will be made and can be ordered frame-only, or decked out with SRAM or Shimano bike components. Of course with a design straight out of a sic-fi movie, no price is actually mentioned anywhere. We suspect low 5 digits, but who knows… For the cool factor alone, we say it’s worth it.

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