What Is STB Doing Now

This is a “Now’ page inspired by Derek Sivers and it has information about the ‘Now’ of Sports Technology Blog (STB) including what’s active or being focused on ‘now’. This should be more precise/updated than the ‘About‘ page.

1/ Who Is In STB?

As mentioned elsewhere in the site, STB has a small team of sports people (scientists, teachers/coaches and technologists). Different people have been part of the team (contributing to STB) through the years and currently the active ones include:- Sal, Stu and myself (Julian). Sal has an exercise/sports science background; loves soccer, coaches a youth team, works as an engineer/developer and at one point was considering venturing into a sports tech startup. Stu also has an exercise/sports science background; he’s a triathlete and coach, an ice hockey club strength coach, a teacher and at the same time working on a PhD with wearable sensors and triathletes. Julian (that’s me) has a mechanical engineering background; I’m into flatwater kayaking and coached briefly, but worked mostly in engineering and design until I went back to Uni to do a PhD and got to use Inertia Sensors (IMUs) in sports. That’s when I discovered my passion in applying technology in sports.

2/ Sports Tech Shoutouts

We come across lots of interesting stories in the sports technology world on a regular basis. Very often through word of mouth. We pick out a few every month (or so) to feature them in what we call “Sports Tech Shoutouts” post. It is basically that: shoutouts of sports tech organisations who had news of product launches, new product features, new research being developed, interesting innovations, or new partnerships or collaborations or initiatives that will lead to more of all the above mentioned. The common theme of course is that they centre around athletes and promoting sports/fitness and there’s a cool technology or innovation behind them. If you haven’t seen them, check them out here: Sports Tech Shoutouts.

3/ Startup Spotlight

This is a section where I highlight startups and their story (why, how, what, where they are at, etc). It’s still relatively new and rough (work in progress). There isn’t much published in there yet but again it’s a work in progress.

4/ Product Reviews

This is where we review sports technology products – hardware, software or apps. This is a pretty fun one to do but it does come with a few challenges. From getting hold of suitable products that the team is capable of reviewing, to testing a product for a few months only to realise it is not going to be on the market anymore, and not being able to get hold of a product because it is not available for the Australian market. But it is still great when we get to do a review and then publish it. Then when we go a bit more in-depth on using the product, it becomes more of a ‘guide/tip’ article. Although we would review any interesting and useful tech, our focus for now is on novel tech products/apps for running/training and fitness/strength training.

5/ Consulting & Research Projects

We are problem solvers at heart. Different sports professionals or startups have crossed their paths with STB previously, and in some cases, I have provided some form of assistance to them in terms of developing or workshopping their product or idea. At the moment, we are involved in a product development project and going through some prototyping and testing.

6/ What else is next?

There are a few things I am planning out for 2022 (and beyond) based on things that I have learned since relaunching back at the start of 2019. A bunch of ideas that are (still) sitting in my head (since 2021) include (not in any order):

  • Creating a program to help people learn about using sensors in sports
  • Inviting sports tech experts to share their knowledge and experience on STB
  • Creating a forum/community to better engage readers or potential partners
  • Organising workshops related to sports tech development

These are at least my current ideas and they might change going forward.

If any of these things resonate, and you would like to get involved, feel free to drop me a note here: contact.

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