High-Tech Pieces to Enhance Your Sporting Performance

High-Tech Pieces to Enhance Your Sporting Performance
With the London 2012 Olympics long wrapped up and more records broken, athletes can finally take a break. Those responsible for creating high-tech sporting goods, however, should now be working overtime, looking to enhance existing gadgets to improve one’s sporting performance. Granted, certain items such as circulation-enhancing products are still controversial to use during actual sporting events, but that doesn’t mean aids in everyday training are off-limits. In today’s day and age, these possibilities are endless and can have a significant effect on an athlete’s agility, speed and overall mental state. Trend Hunter has been scouring the Web as usual, discovering an abundance of high-tech pieces to boost performance in sport and challenge traditional forms of training.


The Footbonaut

The Footbonaut
Die-hard soccer moms will know the patience and determination needed by both players and parents to go far in this sport. From Sunday games scheduled rain or shine to endless hours put in to make that perfect contact between ball and foot, achieving perfection in soccer takes tenacity. To help in the long road towards becoming the next David Beckham, the German soccer team Borussia Dortmund is now using a contraption called the Footbonaut. Designed as a high-tech training device, the Footbobaut is a four-sided contraption that shoots balls and lights up to indicate which targets must be hit. Each athlete’s stats are then recorded and analyzed through charts and visuals, helping the players understand their strengths and weaknesses. While I’m sure the mothers on this team could tell coaches this information with their eyes closed, it always helps to get a little high-tech support.

MusicalHeart App

Musical Heart App

For some, the thought of running induces automatic feelings of distress and hatred. A brisk walk can certainly help to burn fat and increase mental alertness, but if you are really looking to up your cardio regimen, moving your gait to running level will certainly help. To aid you when in this stressed, but necessary state, the MusicalHeart app adjusts music depending on your heart rate. For example, if you have pre-set the intensity to high and are running at a meager jog listening to Norah Jones, the playlist will shuffle to a more upbeat tune (let’s say something from Dance Mix ’95). By adjusting the music, the MusicalHeart app aims to directly influence one’s motivation. I for one can attest to sensing a burst of energy whenever anything from the Top 40 starts blasting through my headphones.


Jamie Munro / TrendHunter.com
Jamie Munro
Jamie Munro is a McGill University graduate and Brand Manager of TrendReports.com. She joined the Trend Hunter team on a full-time basis in September 2011, and hasn't looked back since. As a Vancouver native, she finds it utterly perplexing to look up and not see mountains in the background of the Toronto skyline, but she's adjusting. To help her adapt, she enjoys a glass of full-bodied pinot noir every now and then, along with any book by Bill Bryson. When she's not spending time in the office of the largest trend-hunting site on the planet, she's enjoying the great outdoors (minus the mountains of course), and playing the piano.  Follow her on Twitter @jamiemuns, and she'll follow you back. #FACT. TrendHunter.com is the world's most updated, largest collection of cutting edge ideas, fueled by 80,000 Trend Hunters.
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  • Taylor K.

    Great finds. A lot of “must-have” items for the athletic types.

  • Shelby

    The MusicalHeart app is a must!

  • Erin Fox

    Very innovative and concise

  • Armida

    All of these would make amazing Christmas gifts

  • http://www.facebook.com/courtneykv Courtney Scharf

    I really want to try the MusicalHeart!

  • Nicole

    Love the music app that motivates your exercise plan by playing music according to your heartbeat. So neat!

  • http://twitter.com/saugatwins28 Lucas Kschischang

    Ok, how cool is the Fuel Band? #wantit

  • Michael Hemsworth

    The MusicHeart app is exactly what I need to keep going during work-outs! Amazing