The world of extreme sports is advancing in leaps and bounds in recent years, and much of this has to do with the progress technology has made. In many elements of the extreme sporting scene, technology works to uplift and assist it in many areas, enabling achievements that simply would not be possible without it. Indeed, extreme sports are not just about the athletes themselves, but also about all the people behind the scenes whose work often goes unnoticed. For the engineers and tech developers that work in extreme sports, without their contributions to the industry many extreme sports would often cease to be able to function at even the most basic level. So here is a short list of just a few of the wonders of engineering that make some of our favourite extreme sports a reality.
Since the eighties, martial arts have always been popular, and Taekwondo is no exception to this. Yet, until very recently, human judges were still used to adjudicate matches, and as we know, humans often have a high margin of error in their judgements. One such incident took place at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, when Sarah Stevenson lost a fight due to a kick that the referees simply missed. Gone are those days, however, as now combatants are fitted with sensors in their headgear and bodily protection that will know, without a shadow of a doubt, if an athlete has been struck, and where. This makes the sport of Taekwondo much fairer, not to mention safer as the athletes can focus on precision rather than power in their kicks, punches and strikes.
Apex Bol Bars and Scooter Decks
Both these items pertain to the increasingly popular extreme sport of stunt scootering. The Apex company has an extremely good reputation in the stunt scootering scene, their name synonymous with high production quality. Apex Bol Bars and scooter decks are known to be the most reliable, the strongest, and the most lightweight models on the market. Without them, the level of stunt scootering we see today would not be possible, and many of the athletes who practice this discipline would not be able to work at the high level that they do. Skates offer a full range of Apex products should you want to check out what they have to offer and maybe get rolling yourself.
Formula 1 Wheels
Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes F1 team have come up with a new redesign for their steering wheel which is making waves in the Formula 1 scene. All the critical controls are within thumb’s reach for the driver, so that the hands never have to removed from where they should be at a single point during a race. Furthermore, the wheel has been made a great deal smaller to save precious weight, while the wheel itself can be programmed specifically to suit individual driver’s needs, meaning that each one will be custom-fit to the needs of whoever is using it.
It will be exciting to see what the future holds.