This smart Snowboard improves Balance and Speed | The Tech Race


Welcome to The Tech Race. New speeds, new heights. In snowboarding,
agility and control are crucial
to breaking the limits. (CONNECTED SNOWBOARDS) This new device
helps snowboarders push their game
to the next level. Until now
we relied on perception to gauge how well they perform,
but thanks to this new device we are able to know the
speed, balance and movements of an athlete
whilst they practise. Thanks to reducing the amount
of time you have to train, improvements are faster
which allows you to reach the next level faster. (JAPAN) (TOKYO) In Tokyo we discover
how these bindings work. The snowboard is equipped
with technology that allows riders to see for
themselves how well they perform
on the slopes and improve in record time. Independent sensors capture
13 different sets of data. Two flex sensors attached to
the board are even able detect
board deflection, enabling snowboarders
to work on faster turns and improve agility. The inspiration for the Snow 1 came to me while watching
a Formula 1 broadcasting. You could see
information regarding the speed and the braking of the car superimposed on the screen. The balance of the board user
is reflected by lights below the board that allow a coach to visualise how a snowboarder moves
on the slope. Body weight is translated
into a light signal that allows other people
to know how we are moving. With the light
we are trying to increase the enjoyment of the sport. This smart snowboard
can even show us force, serving as a guide for
future training and practice. (CONNECTED SNOWBOARD) (REAL-TIME SENSOR DATA) (ACCELERATION, SPEED, GRADIENT,
CENTRE OF GRAVITY) (SNOWBOARDING DESCENTS (CONVERT GRAVITATIONAL ENERGY
INTO KINETIC ENERGY) The smart snowboard allows
us to verify information about a competition or practice on your phone
once a run is over, allowing for the analysis
of how posture and centre of gravity
can influence speed. For example, here we tilted
to this side and here to the other, and it explains it very well. Being able to see data that is very accurate… You can see the position
of heels and toes. It’s clear and easy to use. In a cross competition it’s very useful
to have all the data about the ride, and I can use it to find out the best way to do the curves. The Ollie and the Nollie
are the foundational figures in freestyle riding. While both movements lift the
snowboarder off the ground, the Ollie does so
from the tail of the board, by pushing the back foot
down to lift the board. The Nollie, however,
raises the board by force of the lead foot
pressing down onto its nose lifting it from behind. Without Snow 1
I think snowboarding is still very enjoyable. Snow 1 offers a different way of enjoying the sport. Being able to see the ride
data on a smartphone we can reflect
and compare it with peers. It gives us
a new way to enjoy the sport. Modern snowboarding
began in the 1960s, quickly becoming popular and later being incorporated into the Winter Olympic
Games, Nagano, 1998. Technology has
made a big impact on this sport
in the last few years. Boards are now smart and help
riders to correct posture as well as
increase speed and agility. (FRENCH SNOWBOARDER
EDMOND PLAWCZYK (HOLDS THE SPEED RECORD
OF 230KM/H) The future of snowboarding
is here. The next could involve
being able to upload data and compare it with other
snowboarders from all world.

7 thoughts on “This smart Snowboard improves Balance and Speed | The Tech Race”

  1. A technology like this could also have significant impact on Nordic skiing, as there would be significant benefit to properly riding the skis through the entire phase of ski motion.

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