Sport

  • People have been casually playing football, soccer, and ultimate frisbee on the beach and at picnics for decades, but basketball? Not so much. Now that's about to get a lot easier with Uball, a portable, easy-to-set-up hoop and backboard that even has its own unique game rules.
  • ​Ping pong is a two (or four) player game, but if you need to practice alone then a robot server can help. Cheap bots can be had, but more features means more cost. Joola says that its Infinity Smart Robot boasts advanced features for a fraction of the cost of high end robot trainers.​
  • The nature of rare finds is that they often turn up in the most unlikely places. After all, if they were sitting in obvious places they wouldn't be such rare finds would they? Such is the case with this 1916 rookie card for baseball great Babe Ruth which was recently sold at auction for US$108,378.
  • The 2018 Elantra GT is effectively the European version of the Elantra, brought to the US and only lightly modified to fit the market. The GT Sport adds the goodness of turbocharging to the generally underpowered GT base model. We spent a week with this fun hatchback and were pretty impressed.
  • ​​Hovercrafts, scooters, skateboards and jetpacks. We've seen some pretty out-there ideas when it comes to how golfers can make their way across the links. A new electrified pushbike might not be the most exciting of the bunch, but it may have practicality on its side.
  • ​A newly published study has provided further evidence linking participation in American football with a degenerative neurological condition called Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), which is thought to be triggered by repeated blows to the head.
  • Smart technology has given amateur and professional sportspeople access to a huge array of data. The latest suite of smart gear from Intel is focused on delivering more info to cricket players and fans alike, with plans to bring drones, virtual reality and a bat sensor to life later this year.
  • Motoring power wars have escalated to the point where the average hot hatch is able to break most speed limits in less than six seconds. According to Hyundai, the solution is warm cars like the Elantra SR Turbo. It isn't too cold, and it isn't too hot – the SR Turbo aims for the goldilocks zone.
  • A Danish inventor has come up with a way to get his kids moving around again – by making them punch each other. Jabii pits kids against each other in a hybrid of virtual and real world combat, using padded extendable gloves connected via Bluetooth to an app that tracks hits and scores.
  • Indoor climbing walls don’t always capture the nuances of nature, so researchers developed a way to bring the outdoors in. Rather than recreate an entire rock formation, they made models of the key parts of the geometry and arranged them on an artificial wall to replicate the real thing.
  • 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.
  • Golf club memberships are expensive, and people in areas where it gets really cold are unable to play for a huge chunk of the year. One way to get around the problem could be simple simulations like R-Motion, which relies on a small clip attached to the shaft of the club.