SportsEvents Magazine

JAN 2018

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January 2018 10 www.sportseventsmagazine.com Cup, Aug. 18 – 19 at Fire- fighters Memorial Park in Middleton. "Quidditch players discov- ered the magic of the Greater Madison area with the US Quidditch regionals for ama- teur participants in November. Now the pro players are com- ing and we know that local residents will get a thrill out of the skill and wizardry these players will bring," said Jamie Patrick, vice president of the Madison Area Sports Com- mission in the announcement. "We worked with our partners in Middleton to secure this opportunity in a very compet- itive process. We are thankful that Major League Quidditch will provide Middleton and Madison a weekend of fun for Muggles of all ages." Ethan Sturm, MLQ co-founder and co-commis- sioner, said, "The city has a long rich history of hosting sporting events at all levels and our interactions with the City of Middleton staff have left us confident that they will be just as committed as we are to the success of our champi- onship." MLQ's season runs from June to August and has 16 teams in major cities across the country. The 2017 finals were held in League City, Texas. Quidditch is a mixed-gen- der, full-contact sport played by more than 500 teams in 26 countries. "We're excited to open the door for quidditch fans and show them everything Mid- dleton has to offer," said Julie Peterman, CMP, Middleton's director of tourism. "We hope they'll take a little time to discover the city while they're here and enjoy some of our 80 restaurants, visit our unique shops and explore our beauti- ful parks." For more information, visit www.madisonsports. org. n t SPORTS Talk Tech Tools Below are tech tools recently introduced to the world of sports. Know of a cool tool or gadget? E-mail us at info@sportseventsmagazine.com. For Improved Performance Samsung Gear Sport Designed to Motivate Fitness Goals t Rylo is a new camera designed by former Instagram and Apple engineers to create smooth video with stabilization software and smartphone apps to allow users to shoot and share video. Rylo co-founder and CEO Ale Karpenko said capturing a video with Rylo is as easy as taking a photo. Press record and the camera's 208-degree wide-angle lenses combine to capture the surroundings. Videos can then be shared in two formats: either in HD video by selecting the traditionally framed view with the 360-degree footage or by sharing a fully immersive video in 4K 360-degree. The software automatically corrects any distortion typically expected with fisheye lenses. The software eliminates unwanted movement and camera shakiness to produce smooth video, according to the manufacturer. Once the video is recorded, plug the camera into a smartphone and the app opens automatically, offering a suite of simple one-tap editing options including FrontBack, Follow, Points and Timelapse. The video can then be shared to Instagram, Facebook or via message. Rylo is available for iPhone for $499 and comes ready to use with a battery, 16GB microSD card, protective pouch, and synch and charge cables. Rylo for Android will be available soon. n t Rylo Launches New 360-Degree Camera with Stabilization Technology Samsung Electronics America, Inc., has unveiled the Gear Sport water-resistant fitness smartwatch with iconic circular bezel and built-in GPS. The Gear Sport features military-grade durability, a 1.2- inch Super AMOLED display and the circular bezel for easy navigation. With ATM water resistance and swim tracking, real-time heart rate monitoring, auto activity detection and Spotify's offline mode, the new watches are designed for fitness and everyday life. The smartwatch is available in black or blue and features Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS, with sensors such as an accelerometer, gyro, barometer and ambient light. The Gear Sport is safe to wear while walking in the rain or showering and may be used for shallow-water activities, such as swimming in a pool or ocean, but should not be worn while scuba diving, waterskiing or other activities involving high-velocity water or submersion below shallow depth. The Gear Sport retails for $299.99. n More information: www.rylo.com More information: www.samsung.com

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