Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.
Tech News 8th December 2014 1702

micoachSmart Way To Get The Geek Outside

Have you got a junior geek who you want to get away from the computer?

Well, here are a couple of hi-tech, if expensive, items that might succeed in getting them out of the swivel chair this Christmas.

The first is the miCoach Smart Ball from Adidas.

Although this has the weight and feel of a regulation football, it features integrated sensors that track spin and trajectory and interact via Bluetooth with an iPhone App (No Android as yet, unfortunately).

As a result, the Smart Ball can help develop the trainee footballer’s technique by measuring power and accuracy and tracking the ball’s path towards a target.

It even works out where the surface was struck, to help improve the effectiveness of the kicking stroke.

It can be used in confined spaces.

If kicking it towards a nearby wall, the trajectory beyond the obstacle can be projected by the App.

Regrettably, it costs a fair bit more than a normal ball at about £150.

A bit less expensive the Nerf N Strike Elite Smart Blaster, an ideal toy for taking the shoot ‘em up’ video game into the field.

This is a lightweight but hard core toy gun which is capable of rapid firing 12 darts up to 23 metres under battle conditions and, at the same time, recording the attack on its build-in blaster cam with a neat 1.77-inch colour screen.

This camera is supported by a 4Gb SD card which can hold up to 2,000 photos or 100 minutes of video so that any epic victories can be downloaded to a laptop and shared with the whole family.

The Smart Blaster retails for about £65-£70.

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.

More Posts

Leave us a message