Rubbee makes an ordinary bike an electric one

RubbeeI have never used an electric bike before, but I believe that they would be quite useful when you don’t feel like pedaling anymore. This Rubbee (which I assume is pronounced like “ruby”) allows the user to turn their ordinary bike into an electric one (just like the title says).

The Rubbee is a Kickstarter project, and it is supposedly able to connect to the bicycle in a matter of seconds and…viola! The bike, it is electric! This would only add a burden of 14 pounds, and it will take about 2 hours to charge fully. It is good for 15 miles of travel, at a top speed of 15 miles per hour.

As I mentioned before, this is a Kickstarter project, but it has already met its funding goals. I suppose it won’t be long before the Rubbee will be available everywhere, but I am not certain what the price will be. It will be cheaper than buying an electric bike. Find out more info on the Kickstarter page here.


The Sync Burn from Sportline

Sync BurnI have seen a lot of interesting products designed for fitness which are bands that link with Bluetooth to a mobile device. The purpose is to track one’s workout with the appropriate app, like the Body Media band.

Sportline has come out with an entire product line of fitness trackers and activity monitors, and I had a chance to try out the SYNC Burn. It tracks the user’s every move, and provides with an ECG accurate heart rate data and a truer calorie count. It also measures the steps taken and distance traveled.

It works with the iPhone 4 and 5, and you can sync it via Bluetooth to MapMyFitness app. From there you can track and monitor activities with views that can be hourly, daily, or weekly. Other features are a stop watch, water resistant, and a one year battery life.

I did found the SYNC Fit on Amazon for about $65.00. As for the SYNC Burn, the MSRP is about $129.00. You can find out more about it here and it is available on Best Buy right here.

Adidas Springblade could change the running game

adidas-springblade-xl-740x493Adidas has recently created the Springblade, which is a shoe that has angled “blades” that put kinetic energy forward, so you will have a “more efficient stride”.

Apparently, these blades instantaneously react to any environment, to compress and release energy for a push-off. I can’t help but wonder if it will be awkward for first time users, but hey, I think it is just wish fulfillment to believe that a shoe can give us extra speed. I have heard that the construction is designed to “hug the top of a runner’s foot, locking it in to harness the energy returned from the springs on the outsole”.

Now, I don’t know if these Springblades really can improve your speed, but if they did, wouldn’t this change the whole Olympic games? I mean, the world records are all about hundreths of a second, and if someone uses these shoes to beat it, can they do it without the shoes?

Well, that’s stuff to think about. Until then, you will be able to purchase the Adidas Springblades for about $180 on August 1st.


Newgy’s Robo-Pong would easily please Forrest Gump

Every once in a while, I see some ad before a YouTube video or some other streaming vid and think: “now that is article-worthy”. I have no idea how Newgy’s Robo-Pong got to be an ad on the video I was watching, but I’m glad that I saw it.

I have no idea if Newgy’s Robo-Pong is really new, but it feels like something that we could have invented decades ago. After all, we have those automatic pitching machines around for years, so I don’t see why this couldn’t have been around since Forrest Gump was a ping pong champ. (Yes, I am aware that Forrest Gump is not a real person from history, but most Americans don’t know any ping-pong or table tennis champions off the top of their head.)

I suppose that one could argue that you could put up one side of the ping-pong table and just hit a ball against the wall that you just made. It might be easier than having a bunch of ping-pong balls.

Well, the Robo-Pong comes with 48 balls, and the lowest price for a model is about $199. You can see what else Newgy has here.

Hands on with the SwingTIP

Swing TipI am not the type of person who is a golfer, but I know people that are. So I suppose I probably could have titled this article: “My friend’s review of the SwingTIP”.

The SwingTIP is a device that you clip on a golf club, and it will give you “Real-Time Golf Swing Analysis”. This is because the SwingTIP can sync to a an iOS or Android device via Bluetooth, and you can get some stats on your golf swing.

What kind of stats? Well, there is the Swing Review, to analyze all aspects of a swing. There is also Swing Path to compare a swing path and swing plane from multiple angles. Then there is the club speed, and the sweet spot. Then there is Face Angle and Swing Tempo.

In all honesty, I don’t really know what a lot of this means. Fortunately, I have a friend who is a PGA member, and I had him go over it. He told me that the Club Speed was accurate, but he stated that the Swing Review and Swing Path looked a little too inaccurate.

I suppose, in the final summary, I’m going to have to say that the SwingTIP is good at analyzing one’s game, provided it is spot-on accurate to begin with. You can get some serious stats on your game.

You should be able to get the SwingTIP Sensor Package for about $129.99 on the main site.