Monday, September 26, 2005
Do you smell when you work out, does the garlic from the night before ooze out when you sweat, then apparel manufacture ARC has introduced a new line of anti-order fabrics. Other companies relied on chemicals to reduce the odor, after washes and use, the chemical reduce and yes you guessed it, you smell. ARC says they have figured it out and will introduce the new line of fabric and yarns at TITAS 2005 Fair in Taipei, Taiwan on Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2005.
Saturday, September 24, 2005
The new suit takes advantage of the fact that sharks have sensitive receptors in their snouts which detect electrical fields in the water. This helps them track prey, but if the field is too powerful the shark backs off.
Made of metal and neoprene in the usual way, the wetsuit has thin piezoelectric ceramic fibres woven into its fabric. The fibers extend along the body and limbs, connecting to metal electrodes which harvest any charge generated when the piezo material is deformed by the wearer's movement.
The voltage delivered by thefiberss depends on their length and how many there are. During normal swimming, the suit continually generates several volts which flow through the water between the electrodes to create a deterrent field. If the diver sees anundeterminedd shark and swims fast to get away,– a natural reaction - one suspects - the suit generates much higher voltages and stronger fields.
If the shark still fails to get the message and bites the suit, it gets a shock in the mouth and hopefully gives up for the day.
Read the shark shock patent here.
Monday, September 19, 2005
All I got was from Giizmodo "the glasses monitor your brain's temperature and beam the information to a watch on your wrist. If it feels you'’re too hot for hell and you're going to get heatstroke, it'll beep and let you know".
GMI Medical Instruments thanks Gizmodo
Thursday, September 15, 2005
Polar has launched some updates to their s625x and RS200sd, the foot pod works with both computers and can track everything from distance to pace and laps. The major updates come to the RS200sd watches, they seem to be more for the competitive, goal oriented runners who want to enhance their running experience. The price is not to bad for the functionality that you get, the WearLink fabric transmitter included, with a boat load of other features and software that can help any type of athlete achieve and surpass their goals.
Monday, September 12, 2005
A low tech entry but with gas prices at an all time high thought that this might be a good one. I saw a bunch of these while on vacation on Block Island this summer, many people traveling on their sailboats had them stored below and pulled them out to get around the Island. Well they not only seem to be the rave amongst sailor and boaters but bike commuters as well. My investigation brought me to Brompton bikes, the range comprises five models: the relatively inexpensive C-type, with three speeds and the more sophisticated L- and T-types, where you have a choice of three or six gears. The engineering of the frame is broadly similar for all models. For the avid cyclist this might not be what you are looking for, but for the commuter looking to shed some pounds, save some money and outright enjoy him/herself this is a great alternative.
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Digital Angel has been FDA approved for implantation. A implantable computer chip which monitors human biometric functions and transmits the data with GPS technology. On the surface it can store medical information, the bigger picture I hope is that I might not have to wear a strap around my chest anymore which monitors my heart, this implatable chip will be able to send data to a watch or computer.
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
This is a very useful piece of equipment, I have been using the Burley trailer from some time and thought that it was great. Improvements usually come from others leading the way. The TrioBike which attaches to the front of the bike instead of the rear, can be used as a push cart, trailer for food/children, or just a standard bike. I like the way that is attaches to the front opposed to the rear like a trailer, and the kids get an unobstructed view of the journey.