From shoes that can help you run faster to a screen that is also a board game and a bicycle doubling as a radar. Some things in life give us more pleasure than others especially those things that don’t cost a lot to have or to be enjoyed, those available to everyone despite our differences, and those that don’t require technology to happen.
Think of running for example or cycling instead of driving to work. Or picture yourself sitting by the fire with your children and playing a board game and you get a perfect pastime. None of these things require technology, but this doesn’t mean that these and other activities that don’t require technology to be done can’t improve by the tech. Attach to your trainers a carbon plate, a radar on your bike, and on your game’s table load up Monopoly: as we explore some of the interesting ways to add some technology to your daily non-technological routines.
Adidas Adizero Adios Pro 3 trainers
Is it possible to simply use the power of suggestion to get a bouncier leg? When the Adidas Adizero is put on this is exactly how you will feel even if you are skeptical about sports brands. The trainers were designed to make you feel less hilly as you run. The latest addition of super shoes fits right along on the world’s shoe rack and comes with carbon plates in the soles of each shoe so that runners can get the edge.
\The first shoes were made famous by Eluid Kipchoge as he attempted to win the two-hour marathon. The design was called Vaporfly by Nike. Adidas’s Adeziro line-up was followed by other brands while the line-up itself won the most wins in the World Major Marathons.
The shoes make you feel like a gazelle on the run with a certain spring in your steps. But you don’t have to be running a marathon to want these shoes, they are for everyday people, people running to keep a few kilos off the scale, those running to keep their heart in shape, or those who run to energize and clear their minds after a long day’s shift.
The pace won’t be the same as that of a marathon runner but one certain thing is that with each run you take in these shoes with carbon plates you feel more stimulated and energized to run the next mile or next corner.£220, adidas.co.uk
Garmin Varia radar bicycle light
One of the earliest miniature radars that were created to fit a plane caused a lot of panic in the 1940s and resulted in the RAF sending a bomber as bait in 1942. The pilot had to let a German night fighter so close to the plane so that the radar pings could be held, he also had to fly very close so features of the radar could be picked out by the British radio operator who then transmitted what it had seen to its HQ and all these while shells were smashing into its fuselage.
Then the RAF created its miniature radar and this is what came to my mind when I received the Garmin Varia bike light. Such a history of how small things can change the world and how we see things and the bike light does the same.
The Garmin Varia RCT715 is a red light that can be used for bicycles. The device from very far also shines light waves into the invisible spectrum. This light is what is used for radar. How it works is that as you ride on your bike you will get advanced warning of activities such as being overtaken. This warning will appear on your phone’s display if it’s attached to the bike’s handlebars.
When moving cars are approaching you from behind, waves will bounce back on the screen and are registered. Supposedly the range is 140m which is understandable though the distance is still far. If the approaching cars are gaining speed, the display of the screen will appear more urgent and if the speed looks dangerous it’s possible to start taking a video. £349.99, garmin.com
ArcadelUp infinity game table
This game table is for the whole family and can also serve as a computer screen. This is a perfect item to get during the holiday season for children. Per season the rain is falling and children are only appearing once in a while in search of food. It’s not impossible to imagine that the kids may not have gotten properly dressed since yesterday and are probably just slumping on their beds or couch.
The table has just given them the energy and they will be spending a few hours playing Monopoly out of their initiative with no pushing required. This is almost as if there has been time travel back to a time when kids played board games and not Moral Kombart or Minecraft on their console or PC. The game board that they are using is called Infinity game table
which is a touchscreen game board coming with classic built-in games that everyone can enjoy. The games include the famous Scrabble and Guess Who. This move has combined the power of games and a screen to help people enjoy board games once again.
Does the ArcadelUp fit the description of a screen and is it really important to know? Or does thinking about it and asking show prejudice to what are considered as screens and is it right to leave the children with this board game when they could otherwise be doing other non-gaming related activities? Can you as a parent feel satisfied that the game board with its noisy table and the noisy screen is a good distraction from computer games or is that us just pretending? Whatever the case the game board is a good bonding item and the classic games are worth the time and distraction. £899, game.co.uk