While the Swumanoid robot may not be as easy on the eyes as a human lifeguard, it may just save your life one day. The swimming robot can apparently do an impressive front crawl as well as backstroke and may one day be deployed to rescue swimmers in situations where it would be too risky to send a human.
In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, many swimmers were wearing a full-torso polyurethane suits that compressed the body and increased buoyancy. That suit helped many swimmers break a number of world records, but it was a bit too good, and subsequently banned from international competition. So in 2009, Speedo had to start all over to create a suit in time for the 2012 games that would keep a competitive edge, while staying within the new international competition guidelines.
The Powerbreather is a cleverly designed snorkel for swimmers, letting you keep your head down and underwater all day long without letting any water in. Watching the product video (below), it’s made to sound like turning your head to breathe while swimming is some sort of horrendous problem, but I swam competitively for years and never even thought about it.
Government of Singapore is not happy about the placement of the flag on the men’s national swim team uniforms
The government of Singapore expressed its anger last week about the design of the swimsuits of the men’s national swim team at the Asian Games. As you can see from the photo above, they’re not particularly happy that the Islamic crescent moon just so happens to jut out of the crotch like a bit white dick. But I thought dick-waving is what organized religion is all about?