Training

  • ​Hill-climbing may be a great workout for cyclists, but, well … not everyone has a hilly road nearby. That's why Australian cyclist Michael Freiberg created the AIRhub. Sold as a complete front wheel, its hub incorporates an electromagnetic brake that creates up to 100 watts of resistance.
  • ​Italian aerospace company Leonardo announces that its Aermacchi M-345 High Efficiency Trainer (HET) has completed its maiden flight.According to the company, the 30 minute flight went off without incident.
  • ​Horror games are often scarier in VR, but now it can help people face a different type of fear: public speaking. Picturing the audience in their underwear doesn’t help much, so the company’s Gear VR app, Speech Center VR, helps people feel more confident in front of a crowd.
  • A few years ago, Korg released a nifty practice tool called the TM-50 that combined tuner and metronome in one unit, allowing musicians to keep time and stay in tune. Now the company has added the ability to analyze and improve tone and technique with the release of the TM-50TR.
  • Prostate exams are difficult for med students to learn, thanks to the internal nature of the examination and a lack of willing test subjects. Scientists are developing a robotic rectum that recreates the feel of the real thing and even provides haptic feedback.
  • There has never been more choice in the world of fitness and health tracking, so the new Garmon Forerunner 735 XT wades into battle loaded to the gills with enough tech to satisfy even the most discerning multi-sport users, who no longer need to wear a chest strap to track their heart rate. ​
  • ​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.​
  • ​While it's important that dogs know some basic obedience commands at the very least, training them can be a monotonous and frustrating experience. Well, perhaps before too long, we could have computers doing the job for us. They're already being used to teach dogs to sit.
  • ​There are already plenty of music players that work underwater, along with watches that count swimmers' laps and strokes. The SwimBot can do those things too, but it also does a lot more.
  • Imagine having a coach in your soccer ball. That's essentially what InsideCoach says it has done, by creating a smart soccer ball that can monitor a player's skills, track progress, provide tips on how to improve, and make practice more interesting.
  • Shift is a smartwatch strap designed for those who wear their device while training. It moves your smartwatch down your hand, orientating it for a better viewing angle while on the move.
  • NASA is developing a technology for pilot training called Fused Reality, which uses a special headset that combines real flying in a real aircraft with an overlaid simulation.