With over 150 million tweets sent about the 2012 Summer Olympics, the event has become one of the most talked about topics in twitter history. To commemorate the peak of Olympic tweeting, Adidas has teamed up with British designer Nash Money to create what may be the world’s most unnecessarily social shoe.
Using an Adidas “Barricade” tennis shoe as a base, Nash added some flashy LED lighting and a small, two-lined LCD that lets users see essential twitter statistics and feeds. But before you get too thrilled about owning a pair of twitter shoes, keep in mind these Adidas probably won’t be entering production. Unless of course you are Usain Bolt and want to check up on the 80,000 tweets per minute your feet are getting you.
As a general rule, it’s usually never a good look to strap things to your noggin. That said, we’re willing to let this particular Quirky-made concept slide for two reasons: it could very well save your motorcycle-loving life and yet it won’t muck up your head gear. The in-development helmet light, which goes by the plain though apt Signal moniker, makes use of an elastic fiber-optic fabric known as Lumigram, thus avoiding the need for messy adhesives and, more importantly, keeping your biker fashion in check. So, how exactly does it help steer you out of harm’s way? Well, by communicating wirelessly via RFID, the attachment doubles up on signalling safety, mimicking your ride’s real-time responses for brake lights and turn signals. According to its creators, this hide-saving accessory could be “the coolest thing to happen to motorcycles since Easy Rider.” We’re not sure we (nor Jack Nicholson, for that matter) agree with that, but it should keep your body and bike free from the crush of neighbouring wheels.
Still in the middle of your seasonal weight loss regimen? Well, if you’re in the market for a new fitness wearable, Motorola has dropped the price on its MOTOACTV to $149.99 for the 8GB model, $199.99 for the 16GB version and $299.99 for the Multi-Sport Edition. Need a quick refresher? You can expect to keep track of your running, biking, golfing and other sporty exploits alongside GPS, MP3 playback, heart rate monitor and Bluetooth. You’ll also be able to brag about those progress updates with your Facebook and Twitter mates alongside the $100 price cut. Ready to commit? Hit that source link below to do just that.
For years and years now, football (soccer) fans have been asking themselves when FIFA would finally realize the “beautiful game” needed to start implementing some sort of tech to help referees with decision-making during major tournaments and in every-day matches. Well, that time is now.
After a few months of putting the so-called goal-line technology through intensive and rigorous testing, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) has once and for all approved the use of such tech in official footie games. What this means is FIFA will utilize a couple of methods, one dubbed “GoalRef” and the other “Hawk-Eye,” to assist refs in any controversial calls that may take place throughout the 90 minutes (or more if there’s extra-time) on either goal.
The first of these uses electromagnetic antennas around the goal posts and crossbar to transmit a signal to a referee’s watch as soon as the entire ball crosses the line; meanwhile, the latter requires six to eight high-speed cameras — that shoot at 500 fps — to grab multiple images of the match ball and quickly process them to identify if it indeed crossed the line completely — this is also helped by black-colored dots on each goal post which aid the cameras gain a better overall precision.
What’s best, though, these new systems are set to take their first legitimate runs as soon as the FIFA Club World Cup takes place in December, with the upcoming 2014 World Cup in Brazil also said to have the goal-line technology ready to be used in all of its 64 global glory-seeking matches.
If you’re a UK resident, missed out a ticket to the London 2012 Olympics and find the extensive home and mobile coverage to be lacking in pixels have no fear — free tickets are available for Super Hi-Vision screenings at three locations. While certain days and times are already fully booked, you can still get one of the first public glimpses of NHK’s 8K Ultra HDTV technology at the BBC Radio Theatre, BBC Scotland (Glasgow) and the National Media Museum in Bradford (other viewing locations are in Japan and Washington D.C.) Before the games get started, the Radio Theater is screening a London Prepares promo from July 23rd to the 28th.
During the games (July 28th – August 12th) all will have highlights of the previous day’s action from the Aquatic Centre, Olympic Stadium, Velodrome, and Basketball Arena plus clips of the Opening Ceremony. The lone live feed is scheduled for Sunday July 29th, from the Aquatics Centre. Sure, you could be paying a fortune for scalped passes to be in the house when Usain Bolt, Ryan Lochte or Michael Phelps are doing their thing, or you could be enjoying 33MP video and 22.2 channel surround sound in one of the custom setups TechRadar previewed in March. Your choice.
Nike already has plans to put its fitness brand on your wrist and in your living room, but now it’ll be found in a lot more pockets — the company just launched its GPS-powered Nike+ Running app for Android. The release coincides with the iOS version, Nike+ GPS, being updated to version 4.0 and taking the new Nike+ Running name.
The two apps now share a similar interface, with new features including starting a run from anywhere in the app, comparing your last run with the seven previous ones, and — somewhat dubiously — a “shoe tagging” ability that lets you track your sneakers’ progress and find out when it’s time to buy a new pair.
The Android version, meanwhile, has the standard social integration of the iOS app, along with a convenient home screen widget that’ll measure your distance and let you jump straight into a new run. It’s available now for devices running Gingerbread and above.
Good news for fitness junkies who like to mix and match their gadget brands: MotoACTV’s accompanying application will now work on pretty much all Android phones, and not just those that happen to be made by Motorola. The only catch so far as we can tell is that your handset must run Android 2.1 (Eclair) or later — a near-certainty in 2012. Already rocking a Moto device? You might still want to take the time to install this update, as it brings several other new features, including the ability track fitness goals on your phone, as well as use your handset to configure WiFi networks for your MotoACTV. You can also plan workouts on your device of choice, access them on MotoACTV and then send your workout data back to the phone. So far, the Engadget staff can confirm the update works just fine on LG devices, so we’re optimistic the latest software will play nice with the Samsungs, HTCs and Huaweis of the world. Hit up the source link below to get your download on and as always, let us know how it goes.
Nike just keep building on its Nike+ brand, turning what started life as a glorified pedometer, into a full-fledged workout-tracking platform. Hot on the heels of the FuelBand comes Nike+ Basketball and Nike+ Training, two new experiences with their own dedicated footwear. For ballers, the Hyperdunk+ features a pressure sensor that measures speed, jump height and even abstract concepts like “hustle.” It also features a ego Showcase mode that lets you superimpose workout data over video of you dunking and post it to the web. Nike+ Training, like almost every other workout app or digital accessory, turns getting in shape into a game. The app features a series of drills and challenges meant to improve speed, agility and strength, and your performance can be uploaded to a global leaderboard. The new apps and shoes, including the Hyper Workout+ for Women and the TR 1+ for men, will be available on June 29th in the US, UK, Germany, France and China.
The Nike LunarGlide+ running shoe series first came into the scene in 2009 and immediately received attention from the community due to its revolutionary Dynamic Support system which is said to be able to adapt to the need of foot individually in terms of cushioning and support. The following year, the series received an update in the form of LunarGlide+ 2 which provided slightly better fit for its user. This year, it receives yet another new model but this time around, it is not just an simple update.
With Nike LunarGlide+ 3, gone are the signature Flywire construction on the midfoot section that provides fit and support on that area. Instead, it has been replaced with a midfoot strap that attaches to the laces and pull from slightly under the foot for even better fit and support. Even the sockliner has been redesigned with grooves that are designed to work together with the new midfoot strap.
In addition to that, the LunarGlide+ 3 also receives floating heel clip that is even more minimal than previous iterations of LunarGlides as well as a newly designed outsole. The only major features that still remain on the new LunarGlide+ 3 are the Lunarlon foam that provides cushioning to the shoe and its Nike+ support.
Just like previous LunarGlides, the new LunarGlide+3 comes in gender-specific models and are available right now at Nike retailers nationwide for RM 399. To find out more, check out Nike Running’s official website at www.nikerunning.com.my.