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Ever wanted to scrutinise your sports skills like a pundit from Sky Sports? Now you can. Adidas has invented a football with six cameras embedded into its leather. And Wilson has made a basketball with built-in tracking sensors.
These brainy balls can give you personal stats on your performance, even telling you how good (or bad) your shooting accuracy really is.
The Adidas World Cup Ball is called ‘Brazucam’ and is currently being toured around Europe. You can watch stars such as Xavi Hernandez, Manuel Neuer and David Villa using the ball on Adidas’ Youtube channel:
Wilson’s basketball, fitted with sensors, connects to an app on your phone. It’ll tell you your shooting accuracy percentage, where on court you’re best, what types of shots you’re good at and much more. They also plan on using similar technology in other sports. How about a rocket-powered Wilson tennis racquet so you can take on Wimbledon?
Has anyone ever called you a peckerhead? How about a snollygoster? These are old insults that have disappeared from our language over time. It happens in other languages, too. And now a wine company in Catalonia has used old Catalan insults on their bottles. There are 77 insults on each bottle, each word with a graphic to express its meaning.
The wine is made with100% Xarel•lo, a grape variety from Penedès, Catalonia. So as well as ‘recovering the good old art of vintage insulting’, the idea is to promote the consumption of local wine.
Probably best not to invite the Catalonian in-laws over for a bottle of El Xitxarel•lo, then.
Do you ever find yourself scrolling through pictures of pugs at work? How about videos of pugs attempting to run or jump? If you find yourself wasting large portions of the day on ridiculous websites, Lucas Neumann might just have invented the product for you. (Nice Jamie C)
Bossy is a portable device that sits on your desk and works wirelessly. As well as functioning as a personal organiser, you can set Bossy to limit the amount of time you spend on time-wasting websites.
If that’s not enough to keep your mind from wandering, Bossy can even plan what task you should do next. It will also suggest break times and provide games as incentives for you to work. It’s all designed to reduce stress levels and help concentration.
Bossy also suggests you do the hoovering when you get home tonight. Don’t make Bossy angry. You won’t like Bossy when it’s angry.
Put down the dumbbells and abandon the Upward Facing Dog (that’s a yoga position, by the way, before you call the RSPCA). We all wish getting fit was as easy as lathering a special cream all over our miserable muscles. And now that cream has arrived.
A skincare brand called Mama Mio has brought out a range that claims to firm skin and motivate muscles. It’s aimed at people who are always on the go. Their tagline is: ‘Strong is the new skinny’.
The fitness range made its debut at Cosmoprof Worldwide 2014 in Bologna. It includes one product called Liquid Yoga, another called The Activist and an invigorating muscle gel called Workout Wonder.
(We’d recommend trying it for a few months before cancelling the gym membership completely…)
Ever get home to find your laundry wash finished hours earlier, your favourite shirt a creased, wet ball of musky cloth? A company called Berg have just the thing to help. Cloudwash is a prototype washing machine that lets you set up wash loads and order detergent through your phone.
You can set the machine to send you an alert before its final rinse and spin cycle. Then tell it exactly when to finish. Buttons also let you set reminders for when you need more detergent or conditioner.
(No one has ever pressed all three buttons together, but myth has it that Cloudwash will then go on to iron and fold your clothes.)
See it on Vimeo: