This week on the GeekWire radio show and podcast: A sports tech extravaganza.
First, GeekWire’s sports technology guru Taylor Soper joins us to discuss new developments and shake-ups in tech on the University of Washington’s football team.
UW players will be testing high-tech mouthguards that measure the force of head impacts during practice this season. The mouthguards, developed by the Kirkland, Wash., based i1 Biometrics, measure the g-force that a player’s head experiences, and feeds the data straight to the sidelines.
Seattle startup Vicis pulled their high-tech helmets from the UW and University of Oregon this week, citing concerns over player comfort. The helmets were scheduled to make their debut on the field with both teams this season, but the new adjustments may not be done in time.
Plus, hear highlights from GeekWire’s Sports Tech Summit. Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin and former Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors discuss the place of wearables on the field and in the pool; MLS Commissioner Don Garber wants you to see player’s heartbeats on your screen; and our Future of Sports panel discusses the direction of technology for casual athletes, and engaging fans at live games.
Listen below, or download the MP3 here.