One of the best things about sports is that you can play with almost anything you have at your disposal. The most important piece of equipment is your body, and after that, it doesn’t matter whether you play with the newest, most aerodynamic, ergonomic football on the market or the ball that’s been sitting in the garage since your parents were kids. With that being said, though, sports and sports gear have benefitted from several recent technological advances, and many of those advances were on display at the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Now, take a look at some of the most exciting sports gadgets from CES 2017!
UA Athlete Recovery Sleepwear Powered by TB12
Wearables–small devices that users wear and help them to track data about their bodies–are already popular, especially in the medical community; now, they’re making their way into fields and arenas as well. Most notably, Under Armour released a new wearable, UA Athlete Recovery Sleepwear Powered by TB12, which comes equipped with a bio-ceramic print that produces “far infrared energy” when combined with the natural heat of the body. According to Under Armour, it can reduce inflammation, regulate cell metabolism, and improve circulation, which will help the body to recover faster and sleep better.
The pajamas also have the benefit of TB12, otherwise known as Tom Brady, quarterback of the New England Patriots (whose jersey number is 12). Brady, who has a rigorous sleep schedule, is partnering with Under Armour on the pajamas, which come with a price tag between of $100.
In the same vein as wearable gadgets, certain companies are also developing technology that can track biometric data by being worn in the ear. At CES 2017, Bodytrak, The Dash, and KUAI have all developed in-ear devices that can record and analyze data, like core body temperature, as well as play music. Now, athletes can enjoy their favorite songs and study their bodies at the same time.
For athletes that are looking to increase their efficiency in practice while also reducing their risk of injury, STRIVR will sound like a dream come true. The company develops virtual reality (VR) programs that use 3D footage of football games and plays in order to help athletes learn plays, improve pattern recognition making and decision making, and more, but without putting them in potentially injurious situations or causing them to strain their bodies. STRIVR already has partnerships with a number of athletic organizations, including the San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets, and others.