Rick has just returned home from a whirlwind week at MLB Spring Training and the Delray Beach Open tennis tournament in Florida. So it's time to look at what's new in Sport Tech.
Some of it he has seen firsthand.
Have a listen:
1. The Washington Nationals and Houston Astros sharing a new Spring Training site in West Palm Beach, FL that was built on an old landfill.
The 160-acre facility, built over an old landfill south of 45th Street and west of Interstate 95, is just about done. While both teams hold practice sessions over the first two weeks of camp, work will continue in the main stadium up until the first game on Feb. 28 when the Nationals host the Astros.
The Astros’ six practice fields are on the on northeast and east side of the complex. The Nationals’ fields are on the southeast and south corner of the complex. Four practice fields abut Military Trail, bordered by protective netting to prevent baseballs from hitting traffic on the road.
Of all 12 practice fields, two have the same configurations as Nationals Park in Washington and Minute Maid Park in Houston.
2. Tecnifibre Stringing Machines
- In use this week at the men's ATP World Tour events in Marseille and Delray Beach
The Ergo One - very portable, but still a professional stringing machine. Also will string Racketball and Squash
More efficiency for your everyday work
Simplified functions which make your work incredibly easy and efficient
Easy to use interface.
Simplified access to all features : 18 buttons.
Fits all frames
Possibility to string all frames: Tennis, squash, badminton et racketball
Detachable machine in 3 blocks
Machine built in 3 detachable blocks (motor, turntable and girder) for a compact and easy
Possibility to complete with a special designed bag for a safe and comfortable transportation.
DLC Treatment (Diamond Like Carbon)
Improves resistance and reduces friction.
Treatment used on glide rails, clamps and pulling bit.
Overtension system for stringing knots - Undertension system for the crosses
- Pre-stretch system - 3 pulling speeds - Possibility to equip with hydraulic stand
Perfect balance of precision and reliability
Exclusive Flat Frame Setting
Flat frame setting: “Reduces torsion during stringing”
Positioning : 6 polyurethane fixing points.
Optimum stability thanks to the two semi-frames under the racket.
Double action clamps
Separate blocking (and unblocking) of the clamps and the base (2 actions).
Appreciated by well-experienced stringers who look for a progressive
clamp system (for optimal string support).
Specific mechanism of the pulling bit
No need for re-calibration : extremely reliable sensor.
Very reliable potentiometer tested upon 5 million pulls.
3. Golf and Body in NYC
It may be called Golf & Body, but maybe it should be called "Golf & Body and Tech."
Located in the heart of Manhattan, a couple bagel shops from the epicenter of sports in New York City, Madison Square Garden, Golf & Body is a golf, fitness and technology oasis right in the middle of New York City.
Once through the doors, members can use as little, or as much of Golf & Body's resources as they wish.
Members fill out a questionnaire that helps the staff pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses, areas where you might need improvement and mutually agreed upon goals that serve as a road map for your time at Golf & Body.
See Rick's feature here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/golf-body-tech-nyc-rick-limpert
4. Kicker Bullfrog Speaker (BF 400)
- This wireless Bluetooth speaker will blow you away... literally
Weatherproof, made for camping, hiking, tailgating, farm, work outdoors, etc
-100 ft Bluetooth range
- FM radio for local stations (local sports)
- 20 hrs of battery life
- USB charging and AUX-input
- phone app that handles most every Bullfrog function/feature
Get it dirty. Get it wet. Get it sandy. The Bullfrog is IP66 certified
to take it all and keep on pumping out the tunes.
• Pair a pair of Bullfrogs! With Double Kick and the KICKER Connect
app, join two speakers - or connect directly via a standard
3.5mm AUX cable. Now everyone will hear the music anywhere the
• 100 foot Bluetooth® range lets you walk everywhere around the
party without losing a note of your music.
5. AT&T Beefs Up Wireless Coverage for Racing Fans at Daytona 500
There isn’t much that can keep up with the drivers at Daytona 500—except for maybe AT&T’s network speeds.
At the Daytona International Speedway, we recently upgraded our mobile coverage with a new Distributed Antenna System (DAS). The DAS will boost LTE capacity for fans by nearly 30% compared to previous years. So when fans grab their smartphones to share the most exciting moments on social media, they’ll enjoy a faster, more reliable connection.
A DAS is made of numerous, small antennas that distribute AT&T wireless network coverage to provide extra cellular capacity and shorten the distance a call or text must travel. Simply put—calls, texts and posts are less likely to get stuck in a cellular “traffic jam.”
With the sudden surge in popularity of streaming video on social media apps like Snapchat and Instagram, we expect mobile data usage to continue to rise. We continue to see increased data usage across our mobile network, especially at crowded entertainment venues and high-traffic buildings. In fact, data on our mobile network has increased about 250,000% since 2007, and the majority of that traffic is video.