Tuesday, 4 December 2012

10 Keping Gambar Alat Teknologi Dalam Sukan

High-G Accelerometer Detects Concussions
Concussions are a silent epidemic in the U.S. because most of the time they go undiagnosed until the brain has swollen enough to cause symptoms indicating that the damage has already been done. However, by putting a tiny high-G MEMS accelerometer in an ear-plug, any athlete can now monitor whether they received a concussion and get preventative medical help to stop the brain swelling before any damage is done: R. Colin Johnson.
IndyCar drivers use these ear-buds to measure head trauma during crashes, each of which has three single axis accelerometers inside. By switching to ADI's new single-chip high-G accelerometer, the next-generation will be three-times smaller, looking more like ordinary ear-plugs. IndyCar's will still have a cord, because the also have a speaker for the radio to the pits, but for NFL and other athletes, instead of a cord, they will just have a red light which illuminates whenever the athlete has received a head shock strong enough to cause a concussion.

Here is what EETimes says about preventing concussions with MEMS: Sports-related concussions have skyrocketed in the U.S. with over 3.8 million reported each year. New MEMS sensors small enough to be mounted inside an athlete's helmet, for example, could perform early detection of symptoms, giving doctors time to administer preventative therapies.
Using high-G sensors for early detection of concussions could drastically reduce injuries, according to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, since most injuries occur because treatment is delayed. More than 75 percent of concussions go undiagnosed, eventually contributing to over 30 percent of head trauma deaths in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Early detection also could cut medical bills and lost productivity, which is estimated to exceed $76 billion annually. 

Small scanners, big wonder

The Siemens Acuson P10 is an ultrasound device used for imaging the heart, mostly in emergency situations.
Miniature ultrasound machines are starting to make their way into ordinary doctor offices, where they may someday be as common as stethoscopes and EKGs. A pocket-size one weighing less than 2 pounds hit the market last week.
The new ultrasound machines offer a relatively cheap, painless way to screen people with no symptoms of heart problems for signs of hidden trouble.
Is that a good thing?
Many doctors say yes, because for one-third of heart disease sufferers, the first symptom is dropping dead of a heart attack. Finding these people early and treating them could save lives.
Lisa Rosenstock of Madison, Wis., is an example. At age 41, the trim, athletic mom had normal cholesterol and blood pressure but a troubling family history of heart attacks.
Ultrasound revealed a big clog in the main artery from her heart to her head.
Her cardiologist, Dr. James Stein of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, put her on medicines to lower her risk of a heart attack or stroke.
“There’s a great need for a noninvasive and safe way to identify people who don’t have signs but have risk” of heart disease, he said.
But there are potential downsides to more people doing the testing without extensive training.
Suddenly, small-town family doctors could see scary-looking artery buildups and rush to treat some that might never be life-threatening.
The American Heart Association says testing with traditional ultrasound machines can help certain patients but does not endorse widespread screening with the small devices because proof of benefit is lacking.

Bite Tech Joins Patterson Dental’s “Grins for a Good Cause”

Bite Tech, Inc. is helping athletes reach their full potential while recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October). The company is introducing a special edition of its Under Armour Performance Mouthwear™ for the cause, making mouthpieces and mouthguards available with pink ArmourBite® wedges. The special offering is part of Patterson Dental’s Grins for a Good Cause initiative, a national outreach in which Patterson branches partner with local breast cancer organizations to raise funds for breast cancer awareness. Patterson Dental will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the appliances to area breast cancer organizations. 
The pink mouthpieces and mouthguards will offer wearers the same benefits as the original line of UA Performance Mouthwear, including increased strength and endurance, as well as reduced athletic stress. Custom-built and scientifically proven, performance mouthwear can help athletes unlock their full potential to become stronger, faster and better. The technology was created by Bite Tech, which has partnered with Under Armour and Patterson Dental to introduce UA Performance Mouthwear. 
The mouthwear is showcased in Patterson Dental’s September/October Grins for a Good Cause flyer, with part of the proceeds from all products purchased from the flyer designated to support breast cancer awareness. A number of professional athletes will show their support for the cause as well, swapping their usual ArmourBite mouthpieces and mouthguards for the pink edition during the month of October. A number of Minnesota Vikings players are using the pink model mouthpieces and mouthguards, along with hockey stars including Brent Burns of the Minnesota Wild and Marian Gaborik of the New York Rangers.
Dentists interested in providing UA Performance Mouthwear to patients should consult their Patterson Dental representative for information on purchasing a Licensure Launch Kit and becoming an authorized provider. The kit includes product samples, educational materials for dental teams and consumers, prescription forms, fitting instructions and licensing privileges associated with selling all Under Armour Performance Mouthwear products. 

This necklace is processed with special Aqua-Technology which makes the water-soluble Germanium and Titanium stay still in the fabric. The effects last the life of the fabric even when you are doing water sports or it is being washed regularly. Both the materials emits energy that is effective in controlling the flow of bio-electric current in ones body. It will improve the alignment of ions when this current is stabilized (so called "Minus Ion Power"), especially at the body's crucial motor joints.
3-rope design making it 3 Times more powerful than traditional single rope. Perfect for all types of sport: Baseball, Softball, Tennis, Martial Arts, Gym Fitness Workout and Body Building, Golf, Basketball, fishing, Hiking, Hockey etc.
Reduce muscle tension and increase flexibility - Injury prevention
Reduce fatigue and tension and thus enhance the ability to perform at optimum level
Improve blood circulation
Alleviate Discomfort and improve sleep
Aesthetically, this necklace is a great sports fashion accessory with eye-catching color 5combination to match with your gears and outfits, both on and off courts, as well as in gym rooms too!
This kind of necklaces are welcomed and worn by many retired and active sports professionals such Martina Hingis (tennis), Ivan Lendl (ex-tennis and current Golf player), Daisuke Matsuzaka ( Starting Pitcher - Baseball), Hideki Okajima ( Relief Pitcher - Baseball) as well as leaguers in , , , and , just to name a few.

Compex Wireless stimulator
The Compex Wireless stimulator, which targets professional athletes and serious consumer sports and fitness enthusiasts such as marathon runners and keen cyclists, employs mechanical biofeedback ('mi-SCAN') technology to automatically and safely adjust the stimulation settings to the specificities of each muscle.  The stimulator can be used safely and effectively to enhance training regimes and accelerate post training/racing muscle recovery via one of 50 downloadable wireless programs targeting both professional athletes and consumer sports and fitness enthusiasts
Electro muscle stimulation has long been used by elite professional athletes both during training (to stress key target muscles) and between training sessions and competitive events (to accelerate recovery cycles and treat common intensive training ailments such as lower back pain).
The Compex Wireless is the world's first electro-stimulator to the offer the convenience of wireless to maximize application freedom and comfort without the risk of users getting tangled up in trailing cables. It also gives non-professional users the ability to access the benefits of muscle stimulation on a regular basis, by making it possible for them to set training objectives and download relevant muscle stimulation programs and ready-to-use schedules from a dedicated website.
In operation, a Nordic nRF24LE1 2.4 GHz SoC with on-board microcontroller running a Compex-developed wireless networking protocol is located in each of up to four compact wireless circular stimulators (5.5cm diameter, 1.8 cm thick, 50 g weight). These communicate with another nRF24LE1 located within a wireless controller featuring a 6.1 cm color LCD screen and simple user interface used to set up and control the Compex Wireless. Each stimulator can operate for an entire day between recharges from a built-in 450 mAH lithium-ion polymer rechargeable battery under highly demanding (two training programs at high power and three recovery programs) usage conditions.

"When we began development of this project we weren't RF specialists so we decided to recruit an experienced RF engineer and discuss what we were trying to do with a number of local independent wireless design and development labs," says Nicolas Fontaine, R&D Team Manager & Senior Firmware Engineer at Compex M├ędical in Switzerland (a division of DJO Global) that developed the Compex Wireless. "They all recommended Nordic Semiconductor because of the technical capability of its solutions, quality of service and support, competitive pricing, and operational reliability."
Fontaine continues: "But making this product wireless was still a big challenge. For user comfort all stimulators have to be precisely synchronized within milliseconds of each other at all times and the whole wireless network demanded very low latency so that should the system need to stop (e.g. due to a low battery level in one of the stimulators or by instruction from the user), it stopped immediately and simultaneously rather than disorderly over a few seconds. Finally, the product had to work reliably even in challenging RF environments shared with other Compex Wireless users in close proximity (e.g. during races) and other active 2.4 GHz sources such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless technology. We achieved all of this while meeting all relevant product specifications, compliances and regulations thanks to the dedication of our development team, and support from both Nordic and it's local European distributor Rutronik."

High-tech kit speeds athletes

From hydrodynamic swimwear in the pool to lightweight carbon-fiber bicycles slicing through the air at the velodrome, the Olympic Games is once again shining a spotlight not only on the athletes, but also their kit.
The technology propelling athletes to glory in the future will be even more refined, taking bespoke equipment to another level says Mike Caine, professor of sports technology and innovation at the UK's Loughborough University.
"The sports industry talks a lot about customization at the moment. Typically, they mean you can pick your color and put your name on the shoe," Caine said.
"What I'm talking about is the bend and stiffness of a sole plate which can be optimized to give the most power for an individual athlete," he said.
Measuring the power, geometry and biomechanics of individual feet is enabling the creation of "tuned" midsoles in athletics shoes, says Caine, which can correct gait abnormalities or soft-tissue inefficiencies.
The soles are built using an additive manufacturing (also known as 3-D printing) system invented and patented at the university. Caine is confident it can deliver new gains on the track.
"If you compare elite male runners with elite females they are very, very different. But at the moment the footwear is ostensibly identical," he said.
This type of custom-built kit will become the norm for lots of elite sportsmen, he thinks, and will eventually filter down to the high street.
The research is one of several pioneering efforts being led by Loughborough's Sports Technology Institute, which works with public and private partners to drive innovation in sport's equipment and training.
Caine and colleagues are currently pioneering new tracking devices for swimmers, which employ body-mounted gyroscopes and accelerometers in tandem with cameras and sensors around the pool to monitor body position, acceleration, speed and power.
"(The data) removes ambiguity for an experienced coach. If you can provide quantified time and speed data, you reinforce learning behaviors," he said.
It works best with the technical sports like sailing and cycling and will only get more accurate as technology presses ahead, Caine says.
"If you speak to (aerodynamic and hydrodynamics) experts they say there is a lot more that can be done because our computational power will be at a level where we can understand the nuances of small changes," he said.
Rapid advances in equipment have encouraged some sporting bodies to reign in technology's influence.

Finis Aqua Pulse Swimming Heart Rate Monitor

In the world of heart rate monitoring, there are a lot of options for runners and terrestrial training. Swimmers, however, are faced with fewer options and more cumbersome equipment. Enter, Finis Aqua Pulse. A heart rate monitor specifically designed for Gear Patrol’s aqua-loving athletes.
Using Bone-Conduction technology, the Finis Aqua Pulse allows swimmers to listen, track, and monitor their heart rate through vibrations in the inner ear. Sounds complicated, but the results are spot on. Engineered specifically for swimmers the Aqua Pulse attaches to the goggle strap with the infrared sensor clipping to the ear-lobe resulting in negligible impact to the swimmer’s routine. Obviously, the unit is completely submersible and adjustable. The Aqua Pulse can measure time periods (20 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 2 min, 5min increments), instantaneous heart-rate button, volume control, and has an 8-hour lithium ion rechargeable battery.

Health-Tracking Clothing
Clothes that track the wearer’s heart rate, body temperature and other vital signs and upload the results to a web portal. These non-phone wireless devices also help AT&T’s bottom line. They are one way carriers can make money off their networks in a country that already has 104% wireless penetration or more than one wireless subscription per person. During AT&T’smost recent financial quarter, the telco added 1.04 million connected devices, beating analyst estimates. The revenue helped AT&T meet analyst expectations despite the pressures of not having a new Apple iPhone to sell during most of the quarter.
AT&T now has more than 14 million connected devices on its network, the most of any carrier. Many of its newest gadgets offer some sort of tracking service. AT&T recently launched an ‘Amber Alert’ child tracking device, Garmin’s ‘GTU 10’ GPS locator and a personal monitoring device from BlueLibris designed for senior citizens. AT&T also sells Zephyr Technology’s BioHarness, a physiological monitor that straps around the chest to record heart rate and other data.
To broaden this tracking technology’s appeal, AT&T plans to sell it embedded in clothes. Instead of a chest strap or bar-shaped, handheld device, there would be a small module that attaches to clothing and can be removed for washing. The garment could resemble the E39 shirts Zephyr designed with Under Armour for athletes participating in the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this year, added Lurie. AT&T would provide the wireless connectivity needed to push the gathered data to the web and smartphones.
Besides athletes, AT&T thinks bio-tracking clothes could appeal to first responders, like firemen and police officers, as well as the military. “You’d be able to see where your troops are and how they’re doing,” noted Lurie.
The company also sees a market with senior citizens, particularly those who opt to remain in their homes instead of moving to assisted living facilities. Someone needs to keep an eye, even if only remotely, on these senior citizens and clothing is likely the easiest way for an older person to wear a physiological monitor, said Lurie. AT&T also plans to sell monitors that come in watch form, for example, but a senior citizen with arthritis or mobility issues may find strapping on a watch difficult, said Lurie.
Cars are another focus for Lurie’s organization, which will mark its third year in November. AT&T is working with BMW, Ford and Nissan to wirelessly deliver safety and infotainment services to cars. Lurie predicts that all cars will have embedded wireless modules in three to four years.
Next year, AT&T will push further into the gaming industry with the launch of Sony’s PlayStation Vita handheld console. One version of the Vita will have 3G support through AT&T.
The carrier will also continue to sell tablets and e-readers. Lurie believes tablets will become full laptop replacements within a year. He also said Amazon’s Kindle 3G with Special Offers, the ad-supported e-reader AT&T supports, is doing “extremely well” but declined to give sales figures. AT&T keeps costs in check by delivering ads to the Special Offers Kindle in the middle of the night, when data traffic on its network is lighter.

The Under Armour Golf RainSuit offers the ultimate peak golfing performance protection from the elements 

Featuring Under Armour’s signature waterproof/breathable technology, the ArmourStorm Rainsuit will keep players warm and dry even in extreme weather conditions.
Under Armour, one of the fastest growing innovative golf apparel brands in the world, has revealed its new ColdGear ArmourStorm Rainsuit, designed to allow golfers to perform at their best even in the most punishing weather conditions.
The ArmourStorm Rainsuit is part of the innovative UA ColdGear range of products ideal for winter conditions and temperatures below 13 degrees as it is 20,000mm waterproof and 20,000g breathable.
The ArmourStorm jacket is an extremely advanced garment constructed in four layers to ensure total waterproof protection and warmth. The outer layer of the jacket is made from a fabric that stretches in all directions allowing total swing freedom, while the inner brushed tricot lining gives a soft feel, traps warmth and allows the jacket to slip on easily.
A waterproof laminate keeps rain and splash-back from affecting the golfer’s game without sacrificing breathability and special ‘Zonal Inserts’ strategically positioned throughout the garment add to the warm, dry, light performance. Other innovative features include fully seam-taped and waterproof zips, sew-free pockets, and a ColdGear chinguard, which gives the jacket a soft, warm feel against the skin.
Both the jacket and the trousers can be customised for a perfect fit. The jacket has an external chest adjustment strap and the trouser length can be tailored and adjusted to improve the fit.
The trousers have been engineered with pass-through pockets to give the golfer convenient access to their base trousers and have strategic ventilation points across the legs that heat to be released at key points on the body to keep the player comfortable during a round.
“The ArmourStorm Rainsuit is by far the best suit I have ever worn,” said European Tour professional and Under Armour ambassador Ross Fisher. “It keeps me warm and dry and is extremely comfortable to wear, allowing me complete swing freedom so that I can perform at my best in all conditions.”
The UA ArmourStorm Rainsuit is available in black, sizes SM – XXL and has a recommended retail price of £300.00. Torrential ColdGear Jacket RRP - £ 160.00 and Torrential ColdGear Pant RRP - £ 140.00.

Under Armour Anti-Microbial Mouthguard Case

Take good care of your mouthguard with the new Under Armour Anti-Microbial Mouthguard Case! The Under Armour Anti-Microbial Mouthguard Case is made with durable material so your mouthguard doesn’t absorb any impact while it’s not in use, and its also vented so that it doesn’t accumulate any unwanted odors or bacteria. Its important to have a clean mouthguard for training, and the Under Armour Anti-Microbial Mouthguard Case does the trick by providing you with an antimicrobial inner casing. The Under Armour Anti-Microbial Mouthguard Case cost $9.99.

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