If checking out shoe technology wasn’t enough reason—and we’re talking the new adidas Springblade, among other shoes—to pick up the July print issue of Popular Mechanics, I also have a second article in the mag, a piece on America’s Cup sailing. Look for a more in-depth look at the technical changes in the sport coming soon to a fuller online article.
You’ve hopefully already seen my Sports Illustrated story on adidas unveiling the soccer uniform of the future (here it is again, if you missed it), but the German giant also showed off some new ball technology at that same reveal in London a couple of weeks ago. The most recent issue of Sports Illustrated’s print edition contains my article about new smart ball technology from adidas, tracking the movement of the ball while in flight. Check it out in print (and online in a week or two).
The July issue of Popular Science, which is out now, has my article on 3-D printing technology coming to the shoe market, including a few examples from Brooks, New Balance and Nike. There are fascinating advances happening in the manufacturing process of shoes—especially cleats, at least now—and this trend will likely only grow. Check out the issue.
Sure, the field was a mess, with players slipping all over the temporary grass sod, but the environment in CenturyLink Field in Seattle for the U.S.’s 2-0 victory over Panama in World Cup qualifying had players telling me they wanted to come back and play in Seattle all the time. The win also gave the U.S. control of the Hex qualifying pool, inching them closer to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Check out all this and more in my full-ranging article for Sports Illustrated here.
Just getting Bertha, the continent’s largest-ever tunnel-boring machine, into place to dig the new State Route 99 tunnel underneath downtown Seattle proved quite the task. Take a look at my Engineering News-Record story about Barnhart moving Bertha into place here.