Weightlifters trapped in small spaces may soon get more room to swing their guns
By Brett ZardaPosted 07.01.2008 at 5:24 pm 8 Comments
A 450 square foot shoebox apartment was once a valid exemption from owning fitness equipment (and merely one component of your preemptive exercise avoidance plan). But you soon may have one less excuse for that gut. The Otto-Bench, a concept created by Gabriel Prero, presents the first chink in your oversized armor. The aesthetically pleasing ottoman or coffee table, transforms seamlessly into a weight bench and houses all the required hardware needed to get buff.
After a flap at Wimbledon, PopSci takes a look at the latest anti-bird weaponry
By Brett ZardaPosted 06.26.2008 at 6:23 pm 3 Comments
The Brits are murdering pigeons. Unable to prevent the pests from pooping on the stuffy spectators and sweater-vested tennis players at the All-England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (aka Wimbledon), officials have hired marksmen and instructed them to shoot to kill. Previous attempts to control the pigeons by releasing hawks were unsuccessful. PETA argues that shooting the birds is "cruel and illegal."
Microsoft is promoting "Olympics on the Go," downloadable coverage that only works on Windows Vista
By Brett ZardaPosted 06.26.2008 at 5:08 pm 2 Comments
Bill Gates is taking over the Olympics. The supposedly retired CEO of Microsoft has taken his antitrust antics to new heights with the launch of NBC Olympics on the Go. Using a dedicated video player provided by TVTonic, users can specify their viewing preferences and events will download automatically when they're available. Commuters taking public transit can even watch saved video without an internet connection.
By Brett ZardaPosted 06.24.2008 at 12:07 pm 11 Comments
For non-metrosexual men, they’re one of three pairs of shoes on the closet floor. Between the dusty brown loafers and Adidas cross-trainers lies a pair of flip-flops. In Providence they’re worn four months a year, in Florida everyday after work and in California—from birth. Flops are an extension of man’s feet, but could the pleasure of air running through ones toes be outweighed by long term complications?
Forgot Father's Day? It's gonna take a heck of a gesture to win him back
By Brett ZardaPosted 06.19.2008 at 2:05 pm 3 Comments
For 18 years you fought a nightly crusade for control of the television. Like a samurai with his sword, your father protected his remote during dinner, while seated on his porcelain pedestal and while snoring loud enough to wake the dead. An air horn wouldn't rouse him, but a mere footstep towards the volume setting was perceived as a sign of aggression. Yep, Dad's a pretty special guy. Yet you, like so many other sons across this great land, forgot about Father's Day. And forgiveness comes at a cost. So what better sign of devotion than to purchase your pop that which you so brilliantly battled for throughout your childhood—a remote.
Not just any remote, mind you. No, your father deserves more: the ultimate remote branded with four letters that mean so much to men and their television rituals: E – S – P – N. Yes, for a mere $299 you can purchase you father the ESPN Ultimate Remote (currently only available on Amazon.com).
A memo sent from Major League Baseball's Umpires Union to its members last week suggests instant replay will be implemented by August 1st. In typical MLB fashion, the proposed plan is a decade late, ignores the potential provided by modern technology and will likely create more questions than answers. In the words of Yogi Berra, "This is like déjà vu all over again." (see: steroid debacle).
But fear not Red Sox Nation and Marlin fan! We've concocted an ingenious plan that will save baseball from its masochistic ways. Before PopSci rescues America's Pastime, it's important to detail the current plan so we might strip it naked and expose the deficiencies.
In the challenge of the century, PopSci pits a videogame-phobic sportswriter against a professional trainer. Whose Mii will reign supreme?
By Brett ZardaPosted 06.16.2008 at 5:30 pm 0 Comments
I'm not much of a "gamer". (In fact, I'm not even entirely sure that's the preferred nomenclature to describe one skilled at Halo and aroused by watching Grand Theft Auto.) The only video game system I've ever owned is the original Nintendo which still sits proudly attached to my television with a quarter holding RBI Baseball in place (undefeated through much of college). But, I do cover sports and its broadly defined intersection with technology, so when Nintendo began advertising Wii Fit, I felt obliged to turn off Tecmo Bowl and see just what the past twenty years has done to 64-bit technology and what it meant to the world of fitness.
There have been 786 reviews of the Wii and Wii Fit by men and women far more qualified than myself to compare its gaming merits to Dance Dance Revolution (never played), Guitar Hero (dabbled once in Best Buy) and the best of PS2 (never touched it). PopSci's own gaming guru gave an excellent review of the system. But Wii Fit, and to a degree the Wii, isn't only intended for Donkey Kong prodigies.
Or will they? It all depends how much faith you put into a flawed stat tool
By Brett ZardaPosted 06.11.2008 at 11:39 am 0 Comments
Forget last night. According to the statheads the Celtics have this thing wrapped up despite losing game three of the NBA finals yesterday to the Lakers. Lenovo Stat tool uses a plus-minus algorithm to calculate the best individual players and combination of players.
Was the horse merely tired or was the hoof injury worse than his trainers claimed?
By Brett ZardaPosted 06.09.2008 at 1:37 pm 2 Comments
Was it the foot? No matter the credentials of experts claiming otherwise, Big Brown’s failure to win the Triple Crown will forever be linked to that question. After dominating at the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, Big Brown dived, finishing in last place despite being favored at 1-4 odds.
A sensor that measures electrolyte levels in real-time could help athletes optimize on the go
By Brett ZardaPosted 06.06.2008 at 12:47 pm 2 Comments
The Biotex Sensor
Gatorade goes to great lengths to determine if "It" is in you. Sweat patches slapped on Maria Sharapova and Tiger Woods provide before and after snapshots of electrolyte levels and sweat rate. But, what about during competition? Swiss company Biotex is developing a garment with wireless sensors embedded in the lower back to provide real-time values for similar metrics. Hydrophilic and hydrophobic material draws the sweat into flexible sensors just two millimeters thick and a few square centimeters. Data can be stored for future analysis or transmitted to wireless phones or PDAs so athletes know to hit the water fountain before it's too late.
"It's like driving a car around town, if you don't watch your gas gauge it will be too late and you'll be empty," said Project Coordinator Jean Luprano. "You need to know whether to slow down or if you can go faster."