This sport looks beyond terrifying –racing downhill on a couple of flimsy wheels. The prototype is for a downhill skate machine. While longboards that can race downhill have been created before, this one has a new truck design that allows a skater to adjust the angle of the base for maximum terror. In any case, wear a helmet and have emergency services on speed-dial. Please!
Headphones are great, but who wants to keep those buds in place when thrashing around doing sports? These prototype strap-on headphones can take the heat when you’re upside down, sideways, or generally not able to be composed. The ear pads are leather, and the larger drivers make sure that all the bass reaches your skull – assuming you don’t want to hear the screaming fans.
Soccer is great, but the refs stink! That, at least, was the consensus after World Cup 2010 in South Africa. The game is rife with ref-based problems, but perhaps the most egregious is the inability to determine when the ball has crossed the goal line. That’s why design firm AGENT came up with a prototype RFID-chipped GPS-enabled ball that would trigger a sensor when it crossed the line. Unlike other tech encroachments, it wouldn’t interrupt the flow of play or force refs to watch multiple angles – it would just let everyone know when a goal was scored. I also dig the skeletal design.
This consumer tech interactive boxing unit could make a Rocky out of any wimp on the block. Aim for the targets as they light up and choose from 10 training programs. They come with a pair of gloves so no need to bloody your knuckles. It looks like a lot of fun, and easier than having a trainer scream uppercut! in your face. It’s like a more posh Wii boxing, and you’ll probably look pretty good working out this way.
Football player have gotten bigger, stronger, and harder to knock down in the past thirty years, so it makes sense that football pads should keep up with the environment. This prototype for pads includes some neat additions like a liquid-cooled reservoir in the back pads to prevent overheating, and a one-piece attachment for the helmet and pads, which redistributes the force over more area. They say that it’s been shown to reduce concussions by 42 percent, which is a very good thing for the future of football.
Helmets have become par for the slopes, but not everyone wants to wear a thick, ugly piece of plastic on their noggins – not to mention the fact that it makes peripheral views difficult and can mess up balance. This prototype (http://www.behance.net/gallery/Concealable-Snowboard-Helmet/1032387) is highly concealable, making it easy to blend with the non-helmet-headed natives. It has a neoprene liner and a plastic shell that expands like plate tectonics – kind of cool! The designers don’t say how it measures up safety-wise with those chunky plastic brain buckets.
Timeflex (http://www.behance.net/gallery/Timeflex/1009857) is a disposable, self-gumming timer you can stick to your hand to keep track of time in the pool, on the court, or anywhere where it’s tough to wear a traditional timepiece. Swimmers are always popping up their heads to check the big pool clock, but they’d save time and energy by just glancing down at something like the timeflex. The design is bendable, foldable and rollable, making it good for all sorts of actions. Just peel it off and throw away when you’re done.
If you’re looking for another winter sport to break your neck doing, look no further! Here’s the mountainboard wheel which looks to be a combination of skateboarding, snowboarding, and premature death! Actually, mountainboarding is a real thing but this concept design improves on the life-ending qualities of other boards by taking the air out of the wheels for faster wheeling, and adding better tread for turns. And, hopefully also the ability to stop.