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Tech Tuesday: Looking at technology's role in preventing sports injuries

Damar Hamlin
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Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin (3) arrives on the field before an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

When the primetime game between Cincinnati and Buffalo was postponed Monday night after Buffalo Bills' safety Damar Hamlin took a hit that stopped his heart, football fans and foes were reminded that sports can be violent.

Mostly, we focus on brain injuries in football, but everything from soccer to lacrosse poses its own threats. And someone is always looking for ways around those threats.

One of the latest is the Q collar, a device inspired by the behavior of a woodpecker.

Coming up on Tech Tuesday, we talk about the technology, whether it really works, and the fear that if it does, will athletes be emboldened to take risks they otherwise would avoid.

We welcome Matthew Futterman, author and veteran sports journalist for the New York Times, to talk about the issue.

We also look at range anxiety, which is the fear that you could end up stuck in the middle of nowhere with no way to charge your electric vehicle, and how it has driven manufacturers to build cars with bigger and more expensive battery packs.

Also, as some people look for ways to boost EV adoption, others are re-examining how they think about range.

Christopher Mims is Technology Columnist for the Wall Street Journal. He recently wrote about how less range could be a key to the widespread adoption of electric vehicles.

Guests:

  • Matthew Futterman, author and veteran sports journalist for the New York Times
  • Christopher Mims is Technology Columnist for the Wall Street Journal

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