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Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Furrion mech robotEverybody loves robots. And what’s better than a robot? An absolutely humongous robot. But make no mistake, this large, robot-looking mega machine is not a robot. It’s a Mech.

Along with their other product lines here at CES 2018, Furrion is highlighting their Exo-Bionics Division while presenting Prosthesis. This is the world’s first, purposely built, off road racing Mech. Standing 15 feet tall, it is a human piloted machine that is intended for competitive sport. With its four (huge) legs, it was designed with the experience of the pilot in mind. None of the controls are automated. There are no gyros. It is completely dependent upon the skill of the pilot.

With this flagship project, they are looking to form a full fledged league, called The X1 Mech Racing League. At this stage, they are perfecting the Mech, and figuring out the format of the competitions, as there are many directions that they can go with the sport. As they learn more and figure out all of the capabilities of the machine, they will be able to fine tune the actual sport.

The next stage is to start seeking investment partners and sponsors, as well as professional athletes to get in there and actually start bringing up the performance level of the machine from an engineering and pilot skill perspective. And as they continue to develop the technology, they can move forward towards improvement of mobile electric power sources.

For more information, please check out their website.

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Latest Tech Delivers Important New Brain Test for Athletes

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Reflexion EdgeConcussion awareness in athletics has become an important topic of discussion in schools and professional sports teams in recent years. Reflexion Edge is an interactive diagnostic tool that is designed to detect and track the onset of these types of brain injuries as part of an athlete’s normal training.

When used as part of daily/weekly performance training, it offers concussion screening and vestibular rehabilitation. Athletes can also use the system to train their cognitive performance on a weekly basis as part of their practice routines. Reflexion Edge searches for concussions that may occur from smaller hits and also the results of mild impacts over time from repeated tackles and checks that would normally go undiagnosed. It is also to be used after each game when the majority of the hits and tackles occur. Unchecked, these injuries could lead to more serious brain injuries later in life.

This tool also increases the athlete’s performance through neurocognitive training over time. They can then look at the leader boards to see how they stack up to their friends and others in their leagues.

Reflexion is currently partnered with two Pennsylvania high schools while ramping up for a launch in May of this year. For more information, please visit their website.

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Capture The Most Breathtaking Video On Your Next Fishing Adventure

Friday, February 9th, 2018

GoFish Cam Underwater Fishing CameraTake your fishing activities to the next level with the GoFish Cam! This is no ordinary underwater camera, it’s a versatile 1080p HD camera that goes where your fishing goes unlike any other fishing camera. The GoFish Cam simply attaches to any fishing line and captures the underwater experience that you need to see. The camera is made with a strong metal leader line that helps you catch large game fish.

But wait, there’s more. The GoFish Cam has a built-in hotspot that can connect to your phone through the GoFish Cam app. This application has so many possibilities for the sport of fishing that start with a creation of a profile and the activation of your new GoFish Cam. From the app, you can adjust the camera settings and the video quality, view the battery life, and refer back to previous fishing trips that were recorded. From there, you have the ability to edit and share out your footage to your friends!

Pick up your GoFish Cam today for $239.99 by going to the GoFish Cam website.

Interview by Scott Ertz of F5 Live: Refreshing Technology.
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Monster Digital Brings Your Adventures to Life

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Monster DigitalMonster Digital is coming out with a new line of action sports cameras that will certainly meet your needs. Whether you are a beginner photographer or a professional, Monster Digital can help you out. This line includes 4 HD cameras: the Vison HD 720p, Vision HD Plus 1080p, Vision 360, and the Vision VR.

If you’re an adventurer that likes to document the action along the way, you need to look at the Vision and the Vision Plus to help you do just that. The Vision 720p is a camera made for the new, casual photographers that want to photograph everything from a hike through the mountains to a family get together. The next step up would be the Vision Plus 1080p made to turn you into a professional with better shots. Both sports cameras come bundled with absolutely everything you need like a micro SD card, waterproof case, battery, charger, and all the mounts you could ever want. This bundle includes 15 accessories that are included in the price.

Some people crave the 360 experience and Monster Digital covers that, too. The Vision 360 is a 360º action sport camera that can take your experiences from 2D pictures to 360 horizontal by 220 degrees vertical masterpiece. The last camera in the line can bring the picture to life using a real virtual reality. The Vision VR is a camera that can record your adventures and can allow you to truly relive them in a new and exciting way! Just record what you want and use Digital Monster’s exclusive app to download the content to your phone. From there you can attach your phone to a Monster Vision VR Headset.

Find the right Monster Digital camera for you. The Vision HD is $79.99, Vision HD Plus is $129.99, Vision 360 is $149.99, and the Vision VR is $249.99. Get the Monster Vision VR Headset for $39.99 and the Monster Vision Headset with Integrated Headphones for $99.99.

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Get the Exercise You Want with the Excitement of an Electric Bike

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Jetson BikeSome things in life are pure genius. Combining a mountain bike and an electric bike is one of them.

Jetson Bike introduced the Jetson Adventure, their new electric mountain bike for 2017. It comes in six great colors and has a very lightweight aluminum frame. Having enough power to get through the trails or the city is no problem with the 250 watt motor in the rear. The integrated 36 volt lithium ion battery is strategically hidden in the down tube. There are 21 different gears with 9 levels of pedal assist in each gear. This ensures that whatever effort you exert, you will get back. We were also impressed with the 20mph top speed. The battery will last about 40 miles on a full charge and it recharges from a standard wall outlet in 4-5 hours.

One of the best features on this 26 inch frame is the built in display screen. Mounted right in the center, the display shows battery level, speedometer, odometer and the level of pedal assist being used. If you are in a place where you need a little more help, just click on the pedal assist button on the side.

These cool bikes are available now at your favorite retailer for $1799 and you can check out their entire product line on their website.

Interview by Marissa Schiereck of The New Product Launchpad for the Tech Podcast Network.

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At Last: A Fantastic Stroke Forward to Empower Swimming Technology

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Platysens MarlinCompetitive swimmers train continually to improve their stokes and lap times. And now there is a product that can help them improve while swimming without having to stop to get the current stats. Introducing the Marlin, a small swim meter that attaches to your swim goggles providing real time stats that you can hear through the built in bone conduction headset.

This nifty little device works great while swimming in a pool as it provides lap times and stroke counts. It’s also great while swimming in open water due to the built in GPS which not only tracks your distance and speed but also helps to keep you on track. The audio feedback is perfect to give you all of the pertinent information without you having to look up out of the water or stop swimming all together.

The unit cost will be $150 and can be purchased from Platysens website where they are currently offering a preorder discount. There is also a version available online that does not include the open water option.

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Safe And Secure While Playing Sports with In&motion

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

In&motionEvery once in a while a product comes along that really catches your eye for a very good reason: and the reason here is safety. In&motion is a wearable airbag that is designed to keep you safe while pursuing your favorite hobby or sport such as skiing, horseback riding, or motorcycle riding. It is based on sensors that fit in and around the vest worn by the user whose purpose is to inflate the vest during times of danger but before impact.

The interesting thing about this airbag is that you can tell it if you are a novice or an experienced sportsman and what sport you are participating in. Different sports require different movements and the sensors pick up on that. There are several configurations for the airbag making it adjustable for various sports and allows it to be available for men, women and children.

This is available in parts of Europe now and will be coming to the US when the demand is high enough.

Interview by Scott Ertz of F5 Live: Refreshing Technology for the Tech Podcast Network.

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Vert Brings Athletic Tracking to a New Level

Sunday, March 13th, 2016

Vert LogoIn the world of professional athletics, stats are everything. Not just the typical stats that fans might see like hits or points scored. But in-depth numbers about things like pitch counts and jump heights. Traditionally, this kind of information was difficult to obtain. But technology company Vert is working to change that.

Nick met with Martin Matak, the founder and president of Vert. Martin’s company has designed a small, wearable chip that tracks all kind of athletic data. The Vert platform can record pitch counts, play intensity, and more. Vert also tracks “effort,” taking into account how much a player has done in a specific amount of time. The Vert clip can be worn with an integrated belt designed specifically for Vert or the clip can be incorporated into a player’s existing uniform/clothing. Vert clips are currently on the market for $125 and they work with a mobile app that can be downloaded for free.

Nick DiMeo is an audio engineer and show host at F5 Live: Refreshing Technology.

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Deeper Smart Fishfinder at CES

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

Deeper Fishfinder One of the challenges of sport fishing is knowing where the fish are and it’s not much fun fishing when there are no fish. The Deeper fishfinder can help with this problem: Todd and Marlo cast their lines with Casey McKnight, President and COO of Deeper USA.

The Deeper fishfinder is spherical device, roughly the size of a tennis ball. Dropped into the water on the end of a line, the Deeper scans the water beneath it with two sonar cones, transmitting signals back to a nearby smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth. The Deeper app (for both iOS and Android) shows the location of fish (or other objects) below the water.

Popular with fisherman, the Deeper is finding favour with search and rescue teams too, as the device can be used to identify suspicious objects and prioritise recovery options.

The Deeper fish finder is on sale now with a recommended price of US$229, though you may find it cheaper than this.

Todd Cochrane is the host of the twice-weekly Geek News Central Podcast at GeekNewsCentral.com and Marlo Anderson rounds up the latest technology news at The Tech Ranch.

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Blast Motion Captures Baseball Swing

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Motion by BlastHere at CES, there’s been all kinds of sporting sensors and motion trackers from tennis rackets to golf clubs. The Easton Power Sensor with Motion by Blast brings the same kind of technology to baseball bats. Jamie and Daniel take a swing with Donavan Prostrollo, Senior Director of Marketing at Blast.

On show here is the Easton Power Sensor which attaches to the base of a baseball bat. Unlike the sensors in some other sporting goods, it can be switched between bats. The Motion by Blast software then synchronises video of the player with the telemetry from the sensor to show exactly what’s happening when the player takes a swing. The data is sent via Bluetooth to a nearby smartphone or tablet and the software automatically identifies the swings and clips the video to create a series of video highlights, overlaid with metrics such as swing speed, time to contact, swing direction, power, efficiency, etc.

At US$149, the Easton Power Sensor is not an impulse purchase but it is very affordable for a baseball team or serious player. Available now both online and at good sports shops.

Jamie Davis is the host of Health Tech Weekly at HTWeekly.com. He is a nurse, paramedic and health journalist.
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