Saturday, April 12, 2014

Goal-line technology set up ahead of FIFA World Cup™

Goal-line technology (GLT) is set to feature at the FIFA World Cup™ for the first time as a support for match officials, after FIFA confirmed last year the appointment of GoalControl GmbH as the official GLT provider for the tournament. GoalControl is the specialist for real-time image analysis in sport events. The company have developed camera-based vision systems that can detect, identify and track moving objects in complex sceneries. GoalControl is equipped with 14 high-speed cameras located around the pitch, with seven cameras focusing on each goalmouth. The ball’s position is continuously and automatically captured in 3D and the indication of whether a goal has been scored is immediately confirmed within one second to a watch worn by each of the match officials. The intention is to instal FIFA approved, GoalControl systems in each of the 12 stadiums used in the competitions. Labosport Ltd. have recently tested the GoalControl at the iconic Estadio Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The adidas brazuca

The adidas brazuca is the the successor to the adidas jabulani used at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa™, The Adidas Brazuca is the official match ball of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ . The Brazuca * is the first FIFA World Cup ball named by fans and is made u from a contraction of Brazilian and Bazuca, Portuguese for "bazooka" ) is an informal local term which means Brazilian or describes the Brazilian way of life. The colours and ribbon design of the ball panels symbolise the traditional multi-coloured wish bracelets (fita do Senhor do Bonfirm da Bahia) worn in the country. It took two-and-half-years to develop the new ball. The match ball is made of six identical polyurethane panels making it the roundest football ever manufactured. The panels are bonded to keep the ball the same weight and shape in even the thickest of rain. The bladder of the Brazuca ball is made of latex and provides the desired rebound with pefect aerodynamic flight. The technology incorporated into the bladder and carcass of Brazuca is the same as that used in the Tango 12 (the Euro 2012 match ball), Cafisa (2013 Confederations Cup) and the Champions League match ball. The outer layer is textured (dimpled) to give uncreased surface contact similar to a basketball and sutible for goal keepers to catch and hold. The clourway is bold white and night blue. According to manufacturer the Brazuca has been tested to meet and exceed all Fifa metrics for an official match ball. The Brazua has already been tested in competitive international matches, at the Under-20s World Cup, and in the friendly between Sweden and Argentina last February.

*Brazuca is also a pejorative name used to mean "third class" citizen from Brazil. Widely used in prejudice contexts in Portugal, Spain, several countries of South America to refer to Brazilian immigrants in a pejorative way.

Goal-Line Technology preparations underway

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Killer Heels: The Art of the High Heel Shoe at Brooklyn Museum

Killer Heels: The Art of the High Heel Shoe will open at the Brooklyn Museum (Robert E. Blum Gallery, 1st Floor) on September 10th 2014. Exhibits cover hundreds of years of stacked footwear, starting with the platform shoes worn in sixteenth-century Italy and all the way through to the red soled Louboutins. Shoes on display will also include wedges, platforms, and "a number of artfully crafted shoes that defy categorization." Expect to find more than 160 shoes from designers like Manolo Blahnik, Salvatore Ferragamo, Zaha Hadid, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Elsa Schiaparelli, and Vivienne Westwood. There will also be six short films, created especially for the museum, that have been inspired by the shoe. The filmmakers are Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh, Zach Gold, Steven Klein, Nick Knight, Marilyn Minter, and Rashaad Newsome. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition. The exhibition runs until February 15th 2015.

Canadians keen to get fit this Spring

Canada's worst winter in decades has Canadians anxious to lace-up their running shoes. A new consumer survey commissioned by Sport Chek reveals 91 per cent of Canadians are motivated to get active this spring through a range of activities. Eighty six (86%) of runners and joggers were anxious to strip off their winter coats, lose their boots and get back to their outdoor running regimes. With the extreme cold and harsh conditions keeping nearly half of all runners inside and not active this winter, the warmer weather will see 50 per cent of runners getting in outdoor runs at least two to three days per week. The recent Winter Olympic Games in Sochi has inspired 22 per cent of women and 19 per cent of men to be more active this spring. As the sidewalks begin to clear and the trails start to dry, runners are starting to dig out their running gear only to realize that they need an upgrade. Not surprisingly, over two thirds of Canadian runners are looking to purchase new running gear this spring, and running shoes are at the top of the list. According to Statistics Canada there are over 6.5 million runners and joggers across the country, and Sport Chek's consumer survey indicates that it is among the top five athletic pursuits for Canadians this spring. Activities we intend to regularly participate in over the coming months include walking (76 per cent), cycling (22 per cent), hiking (18 per cent), running (17 per cent) and golf (13 per cent). See chart below for additional regional data.

Fatal shoe attack

A blue suede stiletto heel was alleged used by a woman to fatally stab her boyfriend it was revealed in a Houston courtroom recently. The size 9 platform pump with a 5 1/2 inch heel was used to stab the man over 25 times.