Geeks on Skis?

Post by blogger | July 18, 2008      

Okay, time to lighten things up. If you guys see me skiing next winter, and I’m making turns like Bode Miller, Hermann Maier and Chris Davenport, here is why:

Our WildSnow industrial espionage department was attempting to steal the technology, but just found out that by the time Summer OR show commences it will be built into an iPod and include a telemark module, though the telemark sensors will require NTN bindings.

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6 Responses to “Geeks on Skis?”

  1. ArthurDent July 18th, 2008 6:11 pm

    Wow, this is cool stuff!

    My husband (who works in an embedded systems research lab) created a similar system for rock climbers, just for fun.

    They hooked it up to beginner through advanced climbers. They found that more advanced climbers have faster movements, but fewer overall movements (which implies more precise movement). Beginning climbers had slower movements, and more movement overall. The climbers were also video taped.

    It was certainly the sensor data that really opened the eyes of everyone involved. It was one thing to see the ‘grace’ of experienced climbers on video, but another thing to actually measure the snappy, calculated climbing movements and see two charts (beginning and experienced) side by side.

    Maybe this could do the same for skiing. Rad.

  2. Lou July 18th, 2008 6:38 pm

    Outdoor Research should build it into their jackets and pants. Shall we predict that’ll happen within 5 years? The “personal sports feedback system” will include everything from a movement record to your brain wave patterns…

  3. Mark Worley July 20th, 2008 11:09 am

    Pretty high tech. I can see how it could really help professional skiers improve.

  4. Scott Nelson July 20th, 2008 3:01 pm

    Good grief. Can’t people just ski or climb or do anything anymore, just for the purity of it all? Just stick with EPO like the Tour De France guys. Its probably cheaper. Is there such a thing as a “pure” athlete anymore?

  5. Jeff Prillwitz July 21st, 2008 11:23 am

    Strap that thing onto me and it would look like some episode of Star Trek where the computer freaks out and tries to destroy itself. “Those movements do not compute, error, error, error……”

  6. Lou July 21st, 2008 11:42 am

    LOL, yeah, get me on a pair of 170 cm Euro toothpicks on some breakable crust and I’d crash the computer– and it wouldn’t be because of my skill.

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