Sports' performance continues to improve thanks to advanced electronics. The latest tool comes from Polar, which is using Bluetooth technology to let coaches monitor heart rates for up to 28 athletes. It can store heartbeat data for up to 48 hours of activity, letting coaches and researchers compare responses under different conditions. The Polar Team2 system gathers data for up to 30 hours from distances up to 100m, even underwater. Team members wear sensors that include CSR's BlueCore4 chips, which send data to a Bluetooth Access Server platform from Bluegiga Technologies.
Two different shape-shifting polymers have been announced from two different universities: Wyss Institute at Harvard University and Zhejiang University in eastern China. Both of them change their shapes when immersed in water, and the one from Wyss Institute was made with 3D-printing techniques.
When you think of the DARPA Robotics Challenge, you may imagine complex humanoid contraptions made of metal and wires that move like a Terminator Series T-90. But what actually happened at the much-vaunted event was something just a bit different.
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