We spend so much time worrying about how much electrolyte drinks, chews and other nutrition we’re consuming when we exercise, but still don’t quite know when we have the right mix. Fuelstrip is a strip that tests sweat to help athletes analyze and detect levels of fuel depletion. The strip helps figure out when you need to guzzle some more drink or down another chew or two in order to balance out your hydration and electrolyte levels. Read the rest of this entry »
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There are smartphones and smart watches, but now developers at the Institute for Photonic Microsystems (IPMS) are looking to create smarter shoes. The “EU Project RUNSAFER” concept utilizes specialized running shoe packed with a micro-controller, a radio frequency (RF) module, accelerometers, GPS sensors and a battery.
The system is designed to capture biomechanical signals from the body and transmits them via Bluetooth to the a runner’s smartphone, which then evaluates the data and offers feedback to the runner on how they can improve performance.
“Pulse-rate watches and chest straps record only vital signs like breathing and heart rat,” said Dr. Andreas Heinig, a scientist at IPMS. “In contrast, our running shoe medically evaluates and moni- tors training while jogging. It informs the runner for example of incorrect foot position, asym- metric loading, or warns of exhaustion or overload. There has never been a comparable device before.”
A prototype of the running shoe has already been developed, as has a mobile smartphone app. The researchers are now working on a smaller version of the microelectronics and sensors, which remains the bigger challenge, particularly since the system must be waterproof, light, and durable.
While Jim Beam probably isn’t something that will help the ride home, the Jimmy Beam Down Light will help cyclists be seen at night. Designed for numerous uses including trucks and autos, the bike version casts light around a cyclists so that riders can be seen from a distance. This helps drivers better judge a safe distance when passing riders at night.
Wearables have become popular. Juniper Research forecasts $19 billion in revenue for the market by 2018. But with many health monitors and wearable devices there is a divide between fitness monitoring (and smart wearable devices), and getting coached on a training regimen. FOCUS: TRAINR is a newly-released app that links between your Samsung Galaxy Gear watch and compatible smartphones. Read the rest of this entry »
Staying fit is more than just watching the weight, and the iHealth Wireless Body Analysis Scale can measure, track and share nine different characteristics of a user’s body composition. It is compatible with the iHealth mobile app, and the scale can be used online or off, while supporting up to 20 users.
It allows each user to track weight, body fat, lean mass, muscle mass, bone mass, body water, daily calorie intake, body mass index and even visceral fat rating. The scale allows those looking to get fit to set goals, view trends and even organize records.
MyID creators ENDEVR have launched the Dear Motorist campaign this month as a way to promote cycling safety and driver awareness. The brand has partnered with various sponsors, including Bell Helmets, Camelbak and Shimano. The goal is to help educate and create positive relationships between those on bikes and in cars.
“We want to spread the message that as cyclists and motorists we can all do a little bit better; Because, I am more than just some guy or girl on a bike. I am a person with a family and friends who love and need me,” said ENDEVR, VP of Marketing and co-creator of MyID, Josh Taylor. “And, a few careless seconds can change both of our lives forever. Our video really hones in on people who have been directly affected by such circumstances.”
“Our love of cycling and the outdoors inspires us to make it safer for everyone and inspire more people to try it,” he added. “We want to reach a critical mass of cyclists and motorists that really want to make the roads safer for each other. If this message can save just one cyclist or motorist this year, think about the difference it will make for their family, friends and loved ones. Our goal is for people to walk away with a positive feeling of hope that together we can make a difference.” Read the rest of this entry »
Detroit is in Michigan, a state that has some rivalry with Ohio. Apparently Detroit-based Shinola is putting that aside to honor Ohio’s own Wright Brothers with a special version of the Shinoloa Runwell bicycle. The Wright Brothers Bike will feature a gloss black finish, bamboo fenders and a Torpedo headlamp. Just 25 of these 11-speed internally geared bikes, which were created to honor the Wrights’ incredible contribution to America’s history of innovation and industry, will be offered for sale at the company’s stores in Detroit and New York City.
While mountain bikers often rely on full finger gloves, roadies sometimes need to cover all the digits as well. To this end Giro and Cinelli have stepped up with the Giro DND gloves X Cinelli. These will help those hitting the road this winter keep their hands warm, while these also offer some roadie style and flash.
No one wants to ride home with a wet bicycle seat and the HelmMate offers an ideal solution, plus makes sure your helmet will be safely stored as well. This simple accessory attaches to the saddle rails on provides a large waterproof nylon bag with elastic band. This can be stretched over the seat to keep it dry during the day, plus it is large enough that a helmet can snugly held inside.
If you have miles to go then Acre is the way to go. The Hauser 14L from Acre is a weatherproof hydration pack that is designed for all conditions, while the Ariaprene hexagonal perforated foam with mesh laminate on the back panel won’t have you sweating out all the water you drink.
This American made pack will go the distance and ensure you have water for the whole trip and more.
Booq has introduced the Python slimpack just in time for the holidays. Designed to intelligently fit all the essentials for photographers on the go, it is a great gift for that serious shutterbug. The Python slimpack stores two DSLRs and up to four mid-size lenses, as well as one large zoom lens, tripod and a up to a 10-inch tablet or iPad. It offers ergonomically designed shoulder straps that conform to all body types, while removable padded dividers in the main camera compartment allow users to arrange the interior as needed. Video after the jump
Last month we reported that the participation in alpine skiing actually dropped 19 percent last winter and overall snow sports participation was down by three percent, according to a new report from SnowSport Industries America (SIA). Now comes news that snowboarding is in a major decline as well.
A quote from the Boston Globe might sum it up best: “For every 25 pair of skis we sell, there’s maybe one snowboard. It used to be 50-50,” said Mike Murphy, Sanchez’s boss at Sportworks in Duxbury.
That’s not good news, and we hope this winter will bring more people to the slopes.
Do you think you know what Tiger Woods should wear on the course next season? Actually Nike would like to know what you think, and has launched a promotion where golf fans can help create a customized pair of TW’14 shoes, while Woods will pick the winning pair!