The top 5 olympic sports that have been influenced by technology: No 5.

Technology played a huge role in this summer’s Olympics; video systems to analyse boxers, touch sensitive suits in fencing and the revolution in communication due to social media systems that enabled us to feel like we are at every venue. We received a thought provoking question from our ‘Ask a sports engineer’ project: “Has any […]

The Story of the Javelin- Bringing it Back Down to Earth

Talking about the sport of javelin throwing brings back memories of school sports days and the ‘safety’ javelins we would throw, made from what I can only describe as the grey pipe insulation you would normally find under your kitchen sink! I was lucky if I was able to project the length of grey tubing […]

Blink and you’ll miss it

Blink and you’ll miss it The next question in our Ask a sports engineer series is: Are sports getting too fast to view? With the constant pushing of boundaries by athlete’s and the wider availability of sports scientists and top coaches many sporting events are becoming more and more closely fought, by a greater number […]

Science Spat: Is the use of sport in technology cheating? Round 2.

It appears that in this year’s Olympics, the issue of technology in sport is as big an issue as it’s ever been.  And with running suits appearing in athletics, it is bound to be a hot topic of conversation.  The ‘science spat’ below is the second of three letters and responses between Steve Haake and […]

Professor Haake and the Royal Institution

Professor Haake has been working with the Royal Institution over the past few months to create a series of impressive videos exploring the world of technology in sport. They are available to view on the website but I’ve also embedded the videos below so you can view them on our blog too. Take a look […]

Why are the Olympics important?

With only a few weeks to go until the opening ceremony of the Olympics the hot topic in our ‘Ask a Sports Engineer’ question box this week was about the Olympics and the importance of the event. History The Olympics originally started as a series of competitions between representatives from cities in Ancient Greece. The […]

Professor Haake, Engineering Sport film with the Royal Institution

Professor Haake has been working with the Royal Institution on a series of films exploring the world of sport, technology and engineering. Not only that but they’ve launched with the very same name as our blog! The collection of films will be available soon, but for now you can get a taste by viewing the […]