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The headband reducing the risk of brain injury

Halos is a sports headband for concussion and sub-concussion protection, which will benefit people playing in sports where head impacts occur, such as football, rugby, and hockey.

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  • Technology & robotics
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  • Issue 93

Bend it like a simulated avatar

The world's top free-kick-takers can curve a football in a way the goalkeeper can’t anticipate. Training to save these is no easy task. Now, Belfast startup INCISIV just might have a helping hand for goalies, with an ultra-programmable virtual reality technology.

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  • Technology & robotics
  • Software & computer science
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  • Issue 92

Face filters

It started with face swaps, flower crowns and appended dog ears. Now, all manner of transformative sorcery is just a tap away.

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  • Arts & culture
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  • How I got here
  • Issue 92

Q&A: Stan Jones

An opportune moment led to a career designing adventure playgrounds (and a soundsystem for Shambala Festival on the side) for Stan Jones.

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  • Mechanical
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Q&A: George Imafidon

George Imafidon wears many hats. He’s a performance engineer at X44, Sir Lewis Hamilton MBE HonFREng’s electric motorsports team; CEO and Co-Founder of Motivez, improving access to STEM careers for young people; and is on the board of the Hamilton Commission, which investigates the lack of representation of Black people in motorsport.

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  • Sports & leisure
  • Issue 89

Creating pitch perfect sports grounds

When it comes to management of turf in sports grounds, expertise generated in the UK is in demand. The UK grounds-management sector is valued at over £1 billion with tens of thousands of people employed in associated businesses and hundreds volunteering at a grassroots level. Dominic Joyeux looks at the reasons why this level of activity, high skillset and technical proficiency have developed and the innovative engineering that has driven it.

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  • Arts & culture
  • Sports & leisure
  • Issue 88

Entertaining audiences of the future

In 2019, a UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Challenge Fund, Audience of the Future, was launched to explore how immersive technology could transform audience experiences. During COVID-19 they used their technology to bring these experiences into the home.

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  • Design & manufacturing
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  • Issue 85

Electric hairdryers

Invented in the 1920s, the electric hairdryer is an everyday household object that has changed significantly over the past century – and is likely to continue developing as technology evolves.

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  • Civil & structural
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  • Issue 77

The football pitch in three pieces

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is part of a regeneration project that has transformed the stadium and surrounding area. As well as being home to Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, the stadium will host NFL games in the UK, and to accommodate both sports, the stadium boasts the world’s first dividing sliding pitch.