Player-Tracking Technology Is Coming To Hockey. It'll Change Everything.

Nothing happens quickly in the NHL. Fighting still exists. Visors were only mandated for incoming players last year. But the league is reportedly preparing to test player-tracking technology, and if it takes, we're not far away from a complete and sudden revolution in how we understand the sport. » 5/13/14 6:28pm 5/13/14 6:28pm

The Science of the Slapshot: Stanley Cup Slo-Mo Physics

The slapshot is the fastest shot in hockey. One satisfying thwack and the puck goes flying at incredible speeds. Except it's not really one thwack, it's two, and our buddy Destin at Smarter Every Day has both the science know-how and the super high-speed slow-motion cameras to show you exactly how it works. » 3/31/14 3:45am 3/31/14 3:45am

How Olympic Ice Skates Are Designed for Speed, Spins, and Swerves

Watching the world-class ice athletes of the Winter Olympics, whether it's in speed skating, figure skating or hockey, is a jaw-dropping affair. The speed, control, and dexterity they exhibit while somehow balancing on a metal blade is simply amazing. But what exactly is going on with those blades? Smarter Every Day's… » 2/22/14 10:00am 2/22/14 10:00am

Air Hockey for iPhone Sadly Doesn't Use Air

Today's iApp-a-Day brought iPhone users a surprisingly fun game, Air Hockey. This 2-player game takes advantage of the multi-touch display by having the player's finger control their air hockey mallet. The game can be a bit buggy at times, especially when your mallet goes out of control and hits the puck into a… » 11/20/07 3:50pm 11/20/07 3:50pm

NHL Players Testing Out Heated Skates for More Lube Action

It's actually not quite as dirty as it sounds. Thermablades, developed by Tory Weber, are heated to five degrees Celsius, which cuts down friction between the skate and the ice by increasing the layer of water between the two. Result: Players go faster, easier. Right now, barely 10 players are set to don the fancy… » 10/18/07 5:10pm 10/18/07 5:10pm