Elan Skis’ Virtual Skiing Coach
Slovenia-based ski manufacturer Elan Skis has created the Smart Ski Concept, a system that evaluates skiing movements and helps improve technique – like a virtual skiing coach.
Sensor-enabled smart skis monitor the user's movements – including weight flex and balance distribution – and then communicate that data to a smartphone via Bluetooth. An accompanying app then analyses the user's ski dynamics and relays advice through an earpiece on how to improve. This transfer of information allows the smart skis to serve as a personal ski coach, letting the user evaluate their weaknesses and adjust their movements in real time.
Debuted at sporting goods trade fair ISPO 2018 in Munich in January, the Smart Ski Concept remains a prototype, and will continue to be developed and tested on Elan Skis products.
"As consumers are connected across every touchpoint of their daily lives, it's an advancement not only for Elan, but also for the ski industry to connect technology between the skier and their skis," said Melanja Šober, head of product management for Elan's winter division.
An increasing number of fitness devices are engaging users in conversation and delivering on-the-go recommendations. In addition, global revenue from smart audio hardware will more than triple over the next four years, rising to over $5.5bn by 2020 (Juniper Research, 2016).
To succeed in the fit-tech space, brands should develop workout-boosting hearables that deliver real-time voice feedback from a virtual coach, alongside accurate biometrics. For more, read CES 2017: Personal Electronics.