Running

  • Engineers at Stanford have developed motorized exoskeletons that strap to a user’s legs to make running easier. It's not something you’d wear down to the park for a jog, but it could eventually find use as a form of last-mile transportation.
  • ​Computer hardware has changed quite a bit in the three decades since Puma introduced its original RS-Computer running shoe. The relaunched version carries over a distinctly retro aesthetic, but with a few choice upgrades to equip the wearable for the internet age.
  • Adidas has taken shoe design to interesting places recently, playing with unique materials such as biodegradable fabrics and ocean plastics last year. Now the design team has binned the laces to create the UltraBOOST Laceless performance running shoe.
  • ​When one of our muscles vibrates, an energy-consuming contraction of that muscle is triggered. That's why many long-distance runners wear compression tights. According to a new study, though, tights make no difference in reducing fatigue.
  • The Shft IQ, currently on Kickstarter, is a virtual running coach which works with your smartphone to give real-time voice coaching. The foot- or chest-worn device uses an array to running metrics to give advice on how to improve your technique and run faster and longer.
  • ​Running marathons can be a lonely business. Sure, there are stretches where the road is lined with cheering spectators, but there are also sections where the athlete is alone. That's why scientists have developed a baton that allows remotely-located people to electronically cheer the runner on.
  • Apple announced the Apple Watch Nike+ edition at its annual keynote in September and it’s slated to hit shelves on Friday, October 28. What can we expect from this running-centric smartwatch?
  • VST Technology has just launched a Kickstarter campaign for a wearable that is equal parts coach and tracker. Stepp is designed to measure running form, motion, and fatigue to offer real-time guidance and post-run suggestions.
  • ​If you're a competitive runner, then training on your own isn't always enough – you need someone else to race against. That said, a fast enough runner might not always be available. What do you do then? Well, if you're one of a lucky few, you may soon be able to use your Puma BeatBot robot.​
  • ​British astronaut Tim Peake has successfully completed the London Marathon whilst orbiting 400 km (248 miles) above the Earth aboard the International Space Station.
  • A new outdoor lighting alternative, the One80 works as a headlamp, but it's far from classic, replacing the typical central light housing with a curved LED band that spreads light the namesake 180 degrees. And if you prefer your light lower down, that LED band removes and straps to your waist.
  • Keeping light and comfortable during a run and carrying a bunch of personal belongings are diametrically opposed concepts. Italian startup Runtimate uses the power of magnets to create a gear-carrying belt it believes will harmonize them.