The review of superpower tech ideas: Bio-Sensing Helmet, Bkool and Head tennis racquets

The human need to be faster, higher and stronger, is a desire that seems innate in all of us.

Citius, Altius, Fortius - Technology that can change the face of sports forever?

The human need to be faster, higher and stronger, is a desire that seems innate in all of us. Our continual and progressive thirst for improvement in every aspect of human interactivity, is perfectly captured in three words: citius, altius, fortius. Indicative of our natural state, our indomitable spirit and ingenuity, it became the official Olympic motto. Yet now, and somehow ironically, technological advancements within sports are pushing the boundaries of our expectation. In this review we will take a look at three technologies which are likely to have a massive effect on how we play sports.
 

Bio-Sensing Cycling Helmet

A new helmet by Lazer, the world leader in cycling helmets, uses aerospace-grade bio-sensors to monitor the rider’s heart rate and calorie usage, without the need for chest straps. The functionality of the helmet can help cyclist boost their performance, as this marvellous wearable connects to a whole host of devices via Bluetooth and works in all weather conditions. So what does this mean for cyclist? Well, the ability to monitor and record heart rate and calories opens up a new dimension in personalised training programmes. With this technology and knowledge of their Maximum Heart Rate, riders can work at optimum levels of fitness, or as it is sometimes called, their Functional Threshold. The benefits of the technology have been available to athletes for some time now, yet the average cyclist and commuter can now ride, knowing which roads to take based on which percentage of the MHR they would like to work at. Also, knowing which routes burn what amount of calories is instrumental in planning the correct nutritional intake for your journey. Ultimately, cyclist can train smarter, travel farther and burn optimal calories. Lazer and Lifebeam, who own the sensor technology, aim to make heart rate tracking comfortable, affordable and highly-functional for their customers.
 
                                  Lifebeam    Bio-Sensing Cycling Helmet
The pictures source: Bio-Sensing Cycling Helmet
 

Bkool – The Advance trainer and simulator

With what is yet another cycling invention, this advanced bicycle trainer and simulator is gaining in popularity amongst cycle enthusiasts.  This technology is so advanced that it will, without a doubt, change how you train. The Bkool trainer allows riders to use their own bicycle, and once it’s connected up to the trainer, the rider can experience any cycle route in the world! The trainer not only responds to pre-programmed riding terrains such as hills, but it also simulates weather conditions such as rain, snow, wind and more. The multiplayer options are another ingenious idea, which means you can train with friends from home, no matter where they are. The Bkool platform is able to calculate stats from each session which can be stored and analysed. 3D world, the Bkool cycling simulator, is what stands this product out from the rest. Now, for the first time, you can cycle in any weather condition, anywhere on the planet and with friends throughout 365 days of the year.  A route mapping function enables the rider to recreate any environment using cameras and GPS. The designers of Bkool claim that the realism of the 3D world simulation will keep you coming back for more and the ability to track, record and analyse data from the simulation will allow for an increase in your riding efficiency.
Bkool Gear – The Advance trainer and simulator 
The pictures source: provided by Bkool Gear
 

The wonders of Graphene – advancement in material sciences

The final technology to be looked at today comes by way of advancements in the material sciences. While Graphene has been knocking around for a few years now, its sporting applications are now being fully explored. Graphene is made by slicing graphite of only one atom thickness. This material is lighter than graphite and just as strong. Novak Djokovic’s, considered to be one of the greatest players of all time and currently ranked as world No.1 , donned the courts of Wimbledon with a Graphene racket. Whilst it could simply be coincidental, after a storm of a performance, he managed to bag his ninth grand slam title over Roger Federer, in the men’s singles final at Wimbledon  2015. So, what does all this actually mean? This carbon-based nano-material being lighter potentially means it can be swung faster, and if I remember my highschool physics correctly, F=ma. This potentially allows the ball to be hit with a greater force resulting from a quicker acceleration of the racket. A lighter stronger material should also allow for incoming balls to be responder to with a quicker return. 
 
Graphene  Head Graphene Tennis Racquets
 
The pictures source: http://www.afr.com and http://gizmodo.com
 
Ultimately, as technological advancements push the envelope of possibility within sports, the very methodologies used in training must also be expanded upon. Will we see new and innovative swings within the tennis court, enabled by a lighter and stronger material? Empowered with a real world simulator, can the average cyclist aim to brush shoulders with the professional ‘big boys’. Stretched beyond our imagination, the full extent and potentiality of the human body may be reached sooner than we think, forever changing our understanding of what Citius, Altius, Fortius will mean, within sports.