Most Innovative Tech for Athletes
Halo Neuroscience materializes in a headset, but instead of playing music, it contains pads in the headband that sends electrical pulses to the athlete’s brain. These pluses helps stimulate the athlete’s brain, boost their learning curve, and enhance their retention of muscle memory. It has been tried and tested on professional skiers and claims to be applicable to any and all sports. Notably, Halo Neuroscience was a competitor at TechCrunch Disrupt’s Startup Battlefield last month.
The Linx IAS is a device that is capable of detecting the severity of an impact to the person it is connected to. While it can be utilized by anyone, one of its primary users are athletes who compete in heavy impact sports. This device weighs only as much as a nickel, provides a response from up to 300 feet away, and instantly syncs the response with the cloud accessible by and Android or iOS device. This device can greatly assist its users by determining their likelihood of a concussion.
The last device is specific to one sport: cycling. Connected Cycle is a GPS & GSM module that users install on the pedal of their bicycles. It provides the athlete with tracking information and alerts the owner of the bike if anyone touches or tampers with their bike. Additionally, Connect Cycle links to your Android or iOS smartphone and instantly provides you with feedback within the respective areas making the athlete’s cycling experience much more smooth.
Everyday Uses for Drones
Once a scary, obscure device, drones are now becoming an everyday reality. Here are two ways that you might interact with drones in today or in the near future.
Delivery drones are closer than you might think. Companies, such as Amazon, have released teaser videos to entice the public, but none have launched a mass-market, consumer delivery drone yet. However, many are getting close. Notably, Domino’s Pizza in Australia tested semi-autonomous drones, called “delivery experts,” which might become a full-time addition to the Domino’s team. Other than pizza and product delivery, drones will be able to distribute basic, necessary goods, such as medicine, to people around the world. For now, we’ll have to wait until delivery drones become more mainstream, but I am eager to see how fully integrated delivery drones will be in the future.
Perhaps the most common use for drones in everyday life is photography. If you’ve been at any large convention in the last few years, you’ve probably noticed drones flying around to capture images. The field of aerial photography has expanded widely due to these drones, and the field is becoming more accessible as these drones become more common. One of my favorite YouTubers, Casey Neistat, is an avid user of drones and frequently documents his trials and tribulations with them. As this is becoming such a prominent field, there are a vast array of photography drones to choose from. Personally, I recommend the Phantom 4; I had a chance to try it out earlier this year and got some incredible footage. Another drone that has piqued by interest is the Lily, which claims that you can throw it in the air and it will begin recording. It’s still on pre-order, but I will be checking it out once it’s available.
Drones are being utilized in more ways than ever today, and people are always finding new ways to utilize them. One of my favorite humans, Simone Giertz, even released a video revealing how to cut your hair using a drone. Good luck.