Survive Summer with these cool gadgets

With just days to go to Christmas, the frantic rush is about to give way to relaxation and overindulgence.

But if you want to remain in shape during the Christmas break, you may need the help of the following gadgets.

The Boot with a Brain – Adidas F50 with miCoach Speed Cell

The Adidas F50 is known as the world’s first intelligent football and rugby boot.

The Adizero f50 is fitted with a microchip that tracks the wearer’s every step and syncs with the adidas miCoach personal coaching system.

Together, adizero f50 and miCoach can speed a player up on the field and enable them to play more intelligently, by capturing and crunching data and developing coaching plans to suit your playing performance.

The microchip, called the miCoach Speed Cell, is an advanced digital training tool. It captures 360 degree movement and measures performance indicators, such as speed, the number of sprints, stride and step rates, distances travelled and time.

After a game or training session, the wearer can wirelessly transmit the data to a computer, analyse the numbers, integrate them with the miCoach electronic coaching system and online training plans, sync them with the miCoach smartphone app for on-the-go coaching, share them on Facebook and compare results with those of team mates (for a bit of competitive fun) or even pro soccer stars such as Leo Messi.


Adidas F50 boots are available from all leading football stockists

The Speed_Cell is available from selected Rebel and Stirling sports stores, Soccer Scene and Soccer Shop (Football speciality) and Adidas stores.

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Prices: Adidas F50 Boots $320, miCoach Speed_Cell $130

Rating: 4 out of 5


Evie Sunsmart Inflatable Rashie (Rash Vest)

EVIE Inflatable Rashies are the worlds first PFD (Personal Floatation Device) Sun Smart Inflatable Rash Shirts.   They fit and feel like a normal rashie, but have a concealed bladder which inflates providing floatation.  They inflate either orally, manually or automatically depending on what style of Rashie is purchased.

Certified to New Zealand/Australian PFD Standards for use in all water activities – boating, kayaking, fishing, swimming.

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Price: RRP$79.50 Child / $99.50 Adult

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Active Billabong Phone

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Active is a compact, rugged, Android smartphone for people with an active lifestyle.

Just in time for summer, Xperia Active is dust proof and water resistant (to a depth of 1 metre for 30 minutes) and uniquely incorporates wet finger tracking, to ensure the phone works perfectly when either the screen or a user’s fingers are wet.

Sony Ericsson has teamed up with popular surf label Billabong to deck out the Xperia Active with stylish surf wear designs from Billabong’s 2011 range. In addition to the standard matt-black back cover, Xperia Active comes with two extra Billabong branded back covers, in blue and black.

Available from: Telecom New Zealand

Recommended Retail Price: $399

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Rating: 3 out of 5