Under Armor will unveil the first 3D printed athletic shoe available to the public this month—releasing a limited number of its new Architech trainer in conjunction with the brand’s 20th anniversary. UA's 3D printing process will eventually cut costs in shoe development and production and allow far greater customization for consumers.
Watching a kiteboarder put sail to the wind and slice through—and often well above—the water off the coast of California or Hawaii, Spain or Brazil, it's easy to be dazzled by the grace and speed on display. But don't lose sight of the board underfoot. For this seemingly elemental pursuit rests solidly on some impressive technology.
After dehydration cut his career short, former Super Bowl champion Michael Robinson joined with co-founder Dana Hawes to start a new company, SMRT Mouth, that will bring a "smart" mouthguard offering hydration monitoring to athletes by 2016.