Our 12 Favorite Golf-Related Products At CES
January 08, 2015
PERI Duo Case ($79)
Listening to music on the golf course or during a practice session can zap your phone of all its power. But here's a set of Bluetooth-enabled speakers in the form of a battery pack. The case offers 150 percent added charge to the iPhone 5 and 130 percent added charge to the iPhone 6. (Battery packs for Droid phones are coming soon.)
The cutting edge company announced a software update for its HERO4 Black and HERO4 Silver cameras that includes 240 frames per second at 720p. In everyday terms, a slow-mo video of a golf swing captured with this new software, which is launching in February, will be insanely clear. Then again, we're not sure whether you're prepared to watch that kind of footage.
BodyForm Foam Roller ($60)
Here's a foam roller that vibrates. That's right, it VIBRATES. The mastermind behind this simple-yet-genius innovation? Dolvett Quince, the lead trainer on NBC's "The Biggest Loser." Quince says that the foam roller's three-speed vibration helps your muscles relax so that the roller's bumps and ridges can offer a deeper tissue massage. He just took traditional foam roller therapy to an entirely new level.
AfterShockz BlueZ 2 wireless headphones ($100)
These headphones allow you to enjoy listening to tunes while ALSO enjoying the ambient noise of your surroundings. Since no part of these headphones is ever in or on your ears, you hear stereo sound-quality music via mini vibrations that travel through your cheekbones to your inner ears, bypassing your eardrums. Consider this the best of two worlds: you can listen to music without bothering anyone else, and you can listen to music without shutting out the world around you.
LifeProof fre Power Battery Case
LifeProof, the top-selling waterproof case in the U.S., has designed a case that absorbs shock, repels water, and provides more than two times the battery life for your iPhone 6. You can dunk your phone under 6.6 feet of water for an hour and it won't get damaged. Its price is still unknown, and it'll be available for the iPhone 6 soon.
Ricoh's Theta camera ($300)
This camera has two 180-degree fisheye lenses, one in the front and another in the back, that take high definition images at the same time. Those images are instantly stitched together to offer a 360-degree panoramic image. The WiFi-enabled camera also captures high definition video, which means you can watch multiple views of just one golf swing.
Scosche's BoomBottle Mini speakers ($60)
These small speakers (4.8 x 7.9 x 2.1 inches) weigh just four ounces and fit nicely in cup holders and in most pockets of any golf bag, and they also have handles that let you hang them from anywhere. Most importantly, they play music for up to five hours and they're weatherproof, splash proof and shock proof. Because realistically, golfers should never have to treat their equipment with grace and care.
Fitbit Surge ($250)
Along with offering the typical motion-sensor capabilities found in most fitness bands, the Surge is Fitbit's first device to offer GPS tracking capabilities and an optical heart rate monitor. In other words, it'll allow you to see exactly where you walked during your round of golf, and HOW -- did your heart rate spike when you pumped one into the trees? Probably. The Surge can also connect with your iPhone to control music, and view messages/notifications.
LifeProof LifActiv Universal Mount ($20-$50)
A universal mount that helps you attach your phone to ANYTHING. After you stick a locking adaptor to your phone (the locking adaptor adheres to any flat surface), you can connect it to a variety of accessories, including a belt clip ($30), a suction mount ($40) and a bar mount ($40). It's perfect for golfers who take a video of themselves or enjoy capturing their rounds in a fun/unique ways.
Nikon's AW1 ($750)
This camera comes with all the bells and whistles of today's best DSLRs (it's WiFi enabled, it captures full HD video and shoots images at 60 frames per second), but two of its features really stand out from a golfer's point of view: First, it's waterproof and shockproof (oh, you submerged it under 49 feet of water? NO PROBLEM.); second, its "slow view" feature allows you to capture, say, an entire golf swing, then slow down the clip to select a perfectly timed shot. Gone are the days when you fall short of snapping a perfect photo because you pressed the shutter either too prematurely or too late.
It's a pretty terrible-looking belt, but it is, without a doubt, among the most intriguing pieces of wearable technology to come out of CES. The belt has built-in motors that automatically loosen and tighten as you sit down or stand up. It also wirelessly syncs to an app that monitors your waistline and the number of steps you take throughout the day, essentially shaming you to KEEP MOVING. It's expected to launch at the end of the year, and its price hasn't yet been announced.
WakaWaka Power+ ($79)
Here's a durable, lightweight battery charger (it fully charges an iPhone 5s in just two hours, and charges any device that connects to a USB) that gets its charge from the sun. So just connect it to your phone, hang it on your golf bag, and let it do its thing. You never again have to stare at a dead phone AND a dead "back-up" battery charger.