Think it's a sissy sport? Think again. A look at the arduous training, high-tech speakers and super-strong hair paste involved in keeping those swimmers peak
By Brett ZardaPosted 08.12.2008 at 5:39 pm 3 Comments
Every four years, we watch. We marvel at badminton and wonder about the modern decathlon. With more than 300 gold medals awarded across 37 disciplines, our lives are suddenly much less productive. To aid in your immersion, we continue with our daily edition of "know your Olympic sport," by diving into synchronized swimming.
Inside we'll explain what the sport has in common with the war on terror and why every swimmer worth her hair bun abides by the power of horse cartilage. Go ahead, check it out. Nobody is looking, and we won't tell.
Swifter suits, shoes that lean and gaming the pistol are just the beginning of the tech innovations giving track the runaround this summer
By Brett ZardaPosted 08.11.2008 at 3:17 pm 0 Comments
Every four years, we watch. We marvel at badminton, wonder about the modern decathlon and proudly pause for synchronized swimming. With more than 300 gold medals awarded across 37 disciplines, the next two weeks of our lives should be impressively unproductive. To aid in your immersion, we continue with our new series: "know your Olympic sport." It's part reminder that people actually get medals for this stuff (see: trampoline gymnastics) and part introduction to the science behind the sports.
In our second installment, we leave the ping pong balls on the porch and head to the track. Inside you'll find shoes that don't match, a suit not made by Speedo, an excuse for why you never won races in high school; along with a plea for some better technology. Andalé!
Speed glue, robots and more. Learn why ping pong truly is the sport of champions
By Brett ZardaPosted 08.08.2008 at 1:09 pm 4 Comments
Every four years, we watch. We marvel at badminton, wonder about the modern decathlon and proudly pause for synchronized swimming. With more than 300 gold medals awarded across 37 disciplines, the next two weeks of our lives should be impressively unproductive. To aid in your immersion, we introduce the first installment of "know your Olympic sport." It's part reminder that people actually get medals for this stuff (see: trampoline gymnastics) and part introduction to the science behind the sports.
As a tribute to the recently lit flame in Beijing, our first installment focuses on the pride of China: Table Tennis (a.k.a. Ping Pong). Inside you'll find a 30-year old performance enhancer in its final days, a training method built for Forrest Gump and all (perhaps even more than) you'll ever need to know about Ping Pong balls.
By Brett ZardaPosted 08.06.2008 at 1:13 pm 3 Comments
They call him the Freak. Standing on the mound at 5'10" and weighing in at just 172 pounds, Tim Lincecum's nickname isn't describing an imposing physical presence, but referring to his lack thereof. Ninety-eight mile-per-hour fastballs aren't supposed to come from frames like that.
Speedo's latest product is an MP3 player optimized for underwater listening
By Brett ZardaPosted 08.06.2008 at 1:12 pm 3 Comments
Who better to design technology for the pool then Speedo? Most underwater MP3 options consist of cases for an iPod, an awkward, uncomfortable, clunky device for enthusiasts wanting to spend hours in the pool. The Aquabeat, launched this summer ($150), is one the first MP3 players truly designed for underwater use. It even floats.
Brett Zarda reports on an intriguing patent application
By Brett ZardaPosted 07.31.2008 at 2:28 pm 2 Comments
Will the Wii Fit one day add heart rate to the health metrics it monitors? It's possible; but Nintendo might have to purchase the intellectual property. A patent application filed in early 2007 discusses using a Wii-like controller to monitor body temperature, heart rate, or even blood pressure. The patent was filed by Kent Hsu of Taiwan. Check out the first claim below. How's that for a run-on sentence?
Reports indicate that the Chinese government is planning to spy on its Olympic guests
By Brett ZardaPosted 07.30.2008 at 11:10 am 6 Comments
How do you say "Big Brother" in Chinese? Visitors to the Beijing Olympics need to be careful what they email (and what websites they peruse) according to Senator Sam Brownback, the senior Republican from Kansas. Based on hotel documents, Brownback alleges that the Chinese government has spent millions of dollars installing spy software in major hotel chains to monitor its guests' email and web surfing.
"The Chinese government has put in place a system to spy on and gather information about every guest at hotels where Olympic visitors are staying," said Brownback.
New nanoscale anti-doping technology to sniff human growth hormone in urine
By Brett ZardaPosted 07.30.2008 at 10:34 am 1 Comment
Virginia company Ceres Nanosciences claims it has the first drug test capable of detecting human growth hormone in an athlete's urine. Validation of the test will require at least six months, meaning cheaters in the 2008 Olympics need not be concerned. The test claims it could detect HGH usage up to two weeks prior to testing, unlike blood tests, which can monitor only the past 48 hours.
The equipment that will optimize your temperature, stop a nosebleed, and help you hit the perfect 300-yard drive
By Brett ZardaPosted 07.29.2008 at 1:06 pm 3 Comments
This is not a story about steroids. But it is about improving your abilities on the playing field. Using technology as sophisticated as any developed in traditional fields of science, athletics companies have designed this equipment to make you better, stronger, faster and healthier. It's funded by absurd amounts of money and validated by the best athletes in the world. And if you're lucky, it will be sitting in your gym bag soon.