Let's say you're out on the court, shooting some hoops with your buddies. You're having a lot of fun, but are you improving your basketball skills? Thanks to a new connected basketball, now you can see where you dominate — and where you need to improve.
The 94Fifty Smart Sensor Basketball is a regulation-size rock, but under its skin is something unique: a pliable container holding nine sensors that measure key skills such as dribble power, shot-release speed and arc, and backspin. The ball gathers information based on the workouts and drills loaded in the 94Fifty app. Using a Bluetooth connection, the ball sends data to the app, which gives you instant feedback on the areas you need to work on. The app then adjusts its workouts as you improve, allowing you to develop better muscle memory, core strength, and, of course, basketball skills.
At an even tin Chicago this afternoon, hockey equipment company Bauer gave the world its first look at three new "game-changing" products that it hopes will be the future of on-ice gear: a new protective body suit, goalie pad, and player skate.
Bauer's development team "set out to completely reinvent speed, completely reinvent performance, and completely reinvent safety," CEO and President Kevin Davis said. The result was the Od1n line of gear, which accomplishes all three goals by making the equipment lighter and tuning the performance based on an athlete's body type and playing style.
'Tis the season, and Sports Illustrated Kids has great gift ideas for everyone on your list! We have loads of cool stuff perfect for kids, sports fans, athletes, and everyone in between — click the images below to get inspired!
Calvin Johnson is one of the best playmakers in the NFL, and he’s probably got the best nickname in the league, too: Megatron. The Detroit Lions’ star wide receiver is nicknamed after the Transfromers character, and thanks to Nike his connection with the Decepticon is getting a lot more real.
Nike and toy company Hasbro teamed up to create a sneaker and action figure collection based on Megatron — the robot and football player. The signature shoe, called the Nike CJ81 Megatron Trainer Max, is inspired by the Transformers character. It’s got a purple, red, and metallic silver color scheme, and includes the Decepticon logo on the heel. Its bold red swoosh and glossy purple finish will definitely make you the center of attention at the gym. Oh, and it parts of it glow in the dark to make you look even more robotic.
If you play video games, you've had November 15 circled on your calendar for months. Today is the launch of Sony's PlayStation 4 (in North America, at least), and the official start of the next generation in gaming.
In a nutshell, the PS4 is an excellent console. It's well designed, has great graphics and gameplay capabilities, the PS Network is exciting, and the possibilities for remote play using the PS Vita are pretty cool. But there are some issues here that you might want to consider when comparing PS4 with Microsoft's forthcoming XBox One (which will be released next Friday).
In stores today is an old-school classic: Reebok's Answer I OG in black, red, and gold. The first Answer I was worn by NBA superstar Allen Iverson and hit the court in 1997. This re-released sneaker features the same DMX 10 moving air technology as the original shoe, and the design elements that made it iconic — the concealed laces, the I3 logo, and, of course, the color scheme. (Iverson's name is also embroidered on the tongue.)
Check out a few more looks at the shoe, including some shots of it chilling on the streets of Philly, Iverson's old stomping grounds: