Knowing exactly what’s going on while skiing is a task often left to an observer. Even then it’s a lot of data to process. Seeing patterns in the skier’s technique and being able to provide concrete advice is a skill that can take years of practice. But thanks to some new wearable tech the secrets before hidden can now be revealed in extreme detail.
Carv is the world’s first “digital ski coach”. A set of electronic insoles use sophisticated analysis algorithms to help illustrate the movement of the boots as well as the weight distribution inside. The data is translated into handy graphs on the provided phone app, heads-up displays or, in its audio form, earphones. With this the skiier is able to identify common mistakes with their technique such as leaning too far back. Additionally, the app is able to sync with video to match the data collected and provide a complete picture of the ski run.
Having been granted a place at the HAX accelerator in Shenzhen, China the team have been refining the wearable tech and aim to bring it to Kickstarter in the coming days.
The idea for Carv began when I was looking at how the recording and analysis of data can help people to do things better during my PhD. It was an academic problem that got out of hand!
Coming from a Physics background, I was particularly interested in the telemetry side of things – looking at how you can measure movement. Then, whilst studying for a PhD in Financial Statistics, I worked on the data analysis side – what can you actually do with those measurements once you’ve recorded them? As a keen skier myself, I soon started applying this to my experience on the slopes.
With Carv we feel like we’re really able to democratise the technology that’s currently only available to champion skiers – it is the first product of its kind to be available to beginners and pros alike. We’re working on introducing a machine learning element too that can ‘learn’ about each individual skier and anticipate the mistakes that they are likely to make before they have even made them. Our Kickstarter campaign is just the first step towards world domination as we target the market of over 120 million people who go skiing every year. – CEO Jamie Grant