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Recon Jet launches with sports in sight, isn’t Google Glass [UPDATE]

Recon Jet launches with sports in sight, isn’t Google Glass [UPDATE]

More than two years in the making, Recon Instruments has finally decided to ship its Jet smart eyewear to the masses. During that time, despite the rise and eventual fall of Google Glass, Recon has been unyielding in its focus. This may seem like a rival to Google's own smart spectacle, but a more focused use case could probably save it from folding in the same way. Recon Jet has its eyes set, no pun intended, squarely on sports and health enthusiasts, content with bring timely performance stats, with a bit of fun on the side.

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Garmin intros VIRB X, VIRB XE for action shots anywhere you go

Garmin intros VIRB X, VIRB XE for action shots anywhere you go

GoPro is not the only company that wants to let you capture footage from anywhere in the world. Garmin is also involved in the action camera segment, and today announces updates to their VIRB lineup. The VIRB X and VIRB XE cameras bring HD video and pixel-dense still image capture in a small form factor. They’re also waterproof to 50 meters, and have a “variety of built-in sensors” like GPS, an accelerometer, and gyroscope. The lineup starts at $299.99.

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Bolt electric skateboard is smallest, lightest of its kind

Bolt electric skateboard is smallest, lightest of its kind

Bicycles, electric bikes, scooters, and similar contraptions are all green and energy-efficient ways to get around, but the lowly skateboard doesn’t get as much attention as it should when it comes to getting around campus or downtown. Electric skateboards are a valid option for those with the balance to wield them, however, and now there’s an ultra-light and small option called the Bolt. Its makers hail this as the world’s smallest and lightest electric skateboard — a necessity in a market packed with big, heavy offerings.

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BKB, Hit Chip tech show how hard pro boxers really punch

BKB, Hit Chip tech show how hard pro boxers really punch

Boxing fans everywhere have an idea how hard their favorite fighter hits, at least when they see them in the ring snapping someone’s head back. There are a lot of variables with boxing, making the severity of a punch open to interpretation. Is Gennady Golovkin’s jab really than harsh? Is Ruslan Provodnikov as devastating as it seems, or is he just a suffocating brawler? New tech may answer that for us. In a recent BKB boxing match, the Rosado/Stevens title fight saw puches with as much as 600 lbs of force.

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Sling TV’s Final Four issues prove troublesome, but promising

Sling TV’s Final Four issues prove troublesome, but promising

Over the weekend, Sling TV slipped up. Badly. As Wisconsin downed the undefeated Wildcats of Kentucky and Duke did what Duke does, Sling TV saw major interruptions. After a massive number of sign-ups — which naturally led to a huge uptick in streaming — Sling TV failed. It was the wrong time to fail, and with the wrong content. A major Sling TV draw is live sports sans-cable, so Sling TV’s issues during the Final Four was troubling, but ultimately tells us all that Sling TV is on the right path.

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Post Modern Skateboard ditches everything except two wheels

Post Modern Skateboard ditches everything except two wheels

What is the essence of a skateboard? It seems that some people, for some reason, under the inspiration of some muse or other substance, asked this deep philosophical question. And, luckily or unluckily for us, they actually came up with the answer: two wheels. After all, one can't go anywhere with just a board and no wheels (unless it's a hoverboard). But can you really get around with just two? Apparently yes, but not without skill, learning, and perhaps a few bruises, as the Post Modern Skateboard demonstrates.

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Smart running shoes inbound courtesy of Li Ning, Xiaomi

Smart running shoes inbound courtesy of Li Ning, Xiaomi

After watches and fitness bands (and bras), smartness might soon be coming even to footwear. That is certainly the proposition that Chinese athletic shoes and sporting goods maker Li Ning is trying to make when it revealed that "smart" running shoes will soon be the talk of the running community, at least in China. It won't be doing it all by itself however. For this quest, it has enlisted the help of Huami Technology, which is part of the Xiaomi family and is responsible for the latter's own Mi fitness bands.

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theScore eSports aims for total coverage on iOS and Android

theScore eSports aims for total coverage on iOS and Android

The fastest growing sporting environment today is - unequivocally - video games. It's a segment called "eSports", and the folks at theScore are aiming to bring a one-stop-shop for following the biggest and the best games in the world to mobile devices. Recently launched on Android and launched on iOS just this week, "theScore eSports" is an app that's aiming to bring all eSports scores, data, and connections to live feeds to your fingertips. Have a peek at the app here and listen in as its creators speak on the future.

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Snapchat tipped in live sports broadcasting effort

Snapchat tipped in live sports broadcasting effort

Snapchat has been rolling out different features over the months, and though it can't seen to do so without some sort of issue cropping up, that hasn't stopped it yet. According to new sources that have cropped up, the disappearing-selfie service is looking to bring live sports broadcasting to its sharing platform, and it will be kicking it off (assuming that all goes as planned) with the NCAA Final Four. Neither Snapchat nor others have confirmed the rumor at this time.

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Blizzard’s ‘Heroes of the Dorm’ tournament will be covered by ESPN

Blizzard’s ‘Heroes of the Dorm’ tournament will be covered by ESPN

Blizzard Entertainment has announced its new "Heroes of the Dorm" tournament for, you guessed it, college students. These students will be battling for a litany of prizes, the best ones probably being the funds for tuition (in excess of $450,000 is up for grabs). While it's a fun shot for college students to get a leg up in their college (and perhaps gaming) career, it's a big milestone for eSports in general: for the first time ever, ESPN will be offering live televised coverage of an eSports event.

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