I found two pieces of ski technology currently in the backing phases on Kickstarter who's innovations I am really excited about because they have the potential to be game changers for the ski community. Kickstarter is an enormous global community built around creativity and creative projects. Over 10 million people, from every continent on earth, have backed a Kickstarter project.
CARV is developed by MotionMetrics and is the world's first wearable technology that helps you ski better. Carv analyzes your skiing technique in real-time providing feedback and detailed analysis by measuring your motion and pressure distribution which it then relays through your earphones in real-time. This is all done through a extremely thin smart insert that connects wirelessly to your smartphone to give simple, actionable feedback to casual skiers and detailed metrics and analysis for advanced and professional skiers.
CARV reached its $50,000 goal in just two days on Kickstarter and are now well on the way to reaching their stretch goal of $150,000.
I think CARV is a real game changer for three reasons.
CARV democratizes access to your ski data - The same intelligence used by the army of coaches helping the world's top athletes shave that extra one hundredth of a second off their time is now available to casual skiers looking to improve core skills.
CARV is non-intrusive - Full disclosure, I haven't tested CARV so I can't say it's totally non-intrusive but its looking like i won't have to carry a backpack to make it work.
CARV could easily be a life-time piece of kit - By mastering the basic techniques, skiers get an infinitely more rewarding experience on the slopes but spending thousands of dollars on having your own coach is prohibitive. CARV solves this issue. Its shouldn't replace a coach or instructor, but it can provide on-going information based on accurate data to continue a skiers enjoyment.
The possibilities for collaboration, data-sharing, gamifiction and ad-ons for CARV are pretty infinite. At .ski we were so excited, we pitched in to their campaign just so we could get our hands on an early pair for next season.
Click here to back this project.
The LinkPro® Explore 1™ helmet combines group communication, world class safety and stunning audio - all in one meticulously designed helmet. LinkPro, founded in 2014, is the brainchild of Jersey born Stephen Catterson who identified a gap in the snow sports market for a helmet that combined top safety features with unrivaled communication, technicality and style.
Currently at almost 70% of their funding goal with 5 days to go, the project is looking at a down-to-the-wire race to get its required $150,000 funding goal. In my opinion I think it would be a shame if this project wasn't at least funded to a point where they could go into final production mode and get some models out to early adopters.
Here are three reasons I I think this project (if funded) is going to become a game changer.
Innovative safety features baked in - LinkPro is unique because it takes the best safety advancements in snow sports and bakes them directly into the helmet. MIPS stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System, which is a leading slip-plane technology inside the helmet designed to reduce rotational forces that can result from certain impacts. RECCO® reflectors built into the helmet are designed to work with ski resorts and rescue teams who carry RECCO® detectors. The detector sends out a directional search signal, which is echoed by RECCO® reflectors.
Built-in wireless technology - Its a fact. Ski resorts are now connected. Can't get away from it so why not embrace it and talk to your friends. The great thing about LinkPro is that I don't have to get my hands out of my gloves to call a friend or worse I drop my phone on the chair lift.
Good looking and customizable - I love the colors but more importantly I love the fact I can change them out and customize my look. Even better than that is the simple but ingenious concept of being able have an interchangeable peak.
Other great ideas that make this a potential winner are custom made goggles because no one wants the gapper jerry look and an app.
We also funded this project. Click here to back this project.
If you're not sure about the value of new ski tech or the ability of Kickstarter to make a difference. You just have to look at the recently launched ABOM Goggles which started their life as a Kickstarter project. These zero fog technology goggles started shipping in December 2015 and are now sold out.
Keep an eye on Kickstarter ski projects. Some could have the potential to be common place on the slope in the next few years.