Originally Posted by Metaphor_
I love the product shot:
"Good stance equals good carve"
Legs clearly wayyy too far apart!
OK, so some guy slyly (so he thinks) tries to slip in here and do a little marketing - well, now maybe he knows who he's dealing with! And let that be a lesson to the rest of you would-be's!!
However, I looked at the web site, and wouldn't be so quick to throw the baby out with the marketing water. Or at least the essence of the idea the baby promises to deliver: real-time data and feedback to help skiers refine their technique. With the ever-expanding capabilities of miniaturized electronics I would posit that in the not-too-distant future skis themselves will have sensors built in that can monitor pressure and other information and feed it wirelessly to a collecting device, some basic CPU in the ski itself, or perhaps a smartphone in the skier's pocket, where GPS and timecode info would also be recorded. This could then be correlated with a course map and/or video of the skier's run to see how closely the skier comes to the ideal turning parameters exhibited by a kind of pace setter, say Ligety doing a GS run. Some variation on that type of theme.
Perhaps that old K2 Smart-Ski technology or something like KERS could be used to power lighting up parts of the ski pressured during turns, to provide a real-time visual indicator that would also show up in a video. See how/where the skis are being used - sort of a moving version of this. Different tones for different parts of the ski could be used as a more refined real-time aural feedback mechanism.
As a self-professed Ski Luddite a big part of me would like to see skiing stay as simple and uncomplicated as possible, but I don't see how technology like this won't become embedded over time (as it is likely, for better or worse, to be with most everything). As long as you have the option to turn it off/ignore it if desired - we're all already pretty much walking RFID tags as it is!
Edited by jc-ski - 12/17/13 at 10:41am