As smartphones and tablets become more and more a part of our everyday lives, more and more people are coming up with ways to bring cutting-edge tech into the world of sports. Sometimes that means putting sensors inside a ball to collect data and help you train; other times it involves wearing a sensor to track your activity. In nearly ever case, information is dumped to a phone or tablet app which helps you make sense of it and improve your skills.
So in a lot of ways, you might look at ShotTracker and think, "Seen it." But look again. The basketball-focused sensor and app, which were released in November, utilizes a net sensor and one you wear on your wrist to track things like how many shots you've taken and made, where on the court you've shot from, and how much time you've spent shooting around. (You can use any basketball you already own.) All this info is sent to the player app in real time, so the data and analysis are ready as soon as you're done with your workout. You can also stack your stats up against your friends and teammates to see who has the hottest hand.
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The 2015 NBA All-Star Game is still more than two months away. But today Adidas gave us our first look at what the players will be wearing when they take the Barclays Center court on February 15.
Eastern Conference All-Stars will wear white unis with red, white, and blue stripes, while the Western Conference players will wear black jerseys with the same striping. The typical NBA logo on the top left of the shirt will be encased with a star and the wording “NYC 15” underneath it.
Both jerseys will also have a vertical row of five stars running down the side of the shirt. Each star has a unique design and represents one of New York City’s five boroughs. Per Adidas:
Queens: a pattern inspired by the stainless steel orbit rings of the borough’s iconic Unisphere that was built for the 1964 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows – Corona Park
Staten Island: a wave pattern to signify its surrounding waters
Manhattan: a taxi-cab checkered pattern represents the pace and energy of the world’s most cosmopolitan city
The Bronx: a vinyl record pattern to pay homage to the birthplace of hip-hop and the rich musical legacy of New York City
Brooklyn: a brick pattern inspired by the iconic brownstone houses and buildings that make up the neighborhoods of the city’s most populous borough
We’ve written about Zepp Labs and its neat sensor that attaches to all sorts of sports equipment before. But today the company launches a major refresh of its app which makes it a way more powerful training tool.
Last week, Nike invited Sports Illustrated Kids to HyperSchool, a fun and interactive experience, to teach us how weather impacts athletes. With a recreated classroom (chalkboard, desks, bulletin boards, and bespectacled teacher to boot) and a makeshift research lab, HyperSchool also highlighted the science behind the company’s pro combat baselayer apparel.
Our classmates were pretty cool, too. HyperSchool’s star athlete, err, student, Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson, joined us in discussing gridiron action and braving the elements. We also met Hal, a copper-sweating mannequin who helps Nike scientists develop active wear.
There was lots to cover during our school session. We made sure to pay careful attention and take diligent notes to share some of the innovative ways Nike is helping athletes to bring their A game even in the most extreme weather conditions.
Basketball season is right around the corner, with the NBA opening its preseason schedule next week. And when Phoenix Suns point guard Isaiah Thomas hits the court, he’ll be raising awareness for a good cause with his footwear.
If you’re looking to take play to the next level, you’ll want to check out Ollie, a rugged little robot designed by Sphero than can go just about anywhere and pull cool tricks. Built with a durable polycarbonate shell that protects some advanced tech under the hood, Ollie is light enough to hit speeds of 14 miles per hour and strong enough to take a beating. You control Ollie by connecting an iOS or Android device via Bluetooth, then using the free Ollie app you can pull of sick tricks like flipping, bouncing, spinning, and drifting. And once you add ramps and other obstacles, Ollie becomes a robot daredevil. (Just keep it away from it’s old nemesis, water!)
But hey, you could read about what Ollie can do — or you can watch what Ollie can do: