Winter is here, and for the ski lovers it’s time to hit the slopes. However, as the popularity of these winter sports continue to rise, the number of skier injuries also continues to rise. Various firms are offering innovative wearables to help you enhance performance, prevent injury and have fun this winter. Here are few of them.
Pomocup is a ski mountaineering device from GaitUp developed in partnership with POMOCA
The device contains several sensors: 3D accelerometer, 3D gyroscope, thermometer and barometer which collect a whopping 1200 data points per second. It provides you with important facts like distance, speed, number of kick turns and other useful data. An OLED display shows the data without a phone. The data include temperature, slope angle, ascent time, ascent speed and number of kick turns. This data combined with advanced algorithms from Gait Up enables Pomocup to calculate multiple features simultaneously. The device attaches to your ski with a secure magnet and clip, then sends your touring data directly to your smartphone while you ski.
KJUS Ski Jacket
Swiss sports apparel brand KJUS is solving the problem perspiration during skiing. They developed the world’s first ski jacket with an electronic, user-controlled membrane that removes sweat. Hydro_Bot, a new revolutionizing technology for moisture management integrated by KJUS into a ski jacket, actively pumps out sweat from inside the jacket to keep skiers dry, warm, and performing at their best.
The technology not only makes a skier feel comfortable, it also boosts performance, by ensuring the skier spends minimal energy on thermoregulation and maximum energy on their ski performance.
Dainese, an Italian manufacturer of protective gear and clothing for motorcycling, mountain biking, winter sports and horseriding, developed an innovative wearable airbag called D-air Ski to protect you from high-speed crashes during skiing.
The system is based on an existing airbag system Dainese developed for motorcycle racing. The D-air Ski is integrated in a back plate that is placed underneath a skier’s suit. The vest protects the skier’s torso and shoulders and uses a range of sensors to track speed and position. The secret behind this technology is the algorithm that decides when a crash is about to happen. Using 3 accelerometers and 3 gyroscopes, the sensors communicate via GPS at a rate of 1,000 times per second to detect an imminent crash. The vest fully inflates in 100 milliseconds if it senses a crash. A replaceable cold-gas canister provides the near-instant inflation. A rechargeable lithium-ion battery powers the whole system.