Body Buzzers Guide Snowboarders Down Slopes
New vibrating tape-on devices, still under development, are designed to help learning snowboarders.
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It's not ready yet for this ski season, but rookie snowboarders in the future may get a vibrating guide down the slopes. One researcher is making devices, designed to be taped onto people's limbs, to teach them how to shift their weight as snowboard downhill, MIT Technology Review reported.
Daniel Spelmezan, a researcher at the Université Paris Sud, has performed a small test of his devices on 10 new snowboarders. During a run, Spelmezan's devices buzz different parts of the wearer's body whenever the wearer is supposed to bend that limb or shift her weight there. The buzzers communicate with the snowboard to get information on which way the snowboarder is facing.
Beyond Spelmezan's work, other high-tech vibrating sports guides under development include vibrating vests, shirts and simple stick-on devices for soccer, dancing, bicycling and more.
Source: MIT Technology Review