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Slideshow: Australian Kayak Team Aims for Digital Gold
8/6/2012

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The team scans Australian Olympic Kayaker Jessica Fox with Creaform REVscan to capture her lower body shape.   (Source: Creaform)
The team scans Australian Olympic Kayaker Jessica Fox with Creaform REVscan to capture her lower body shape.
(Source: Creaform)

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Beth Stackpole
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Re: Competition by design
Beth Stackpole   8/6/2012 9:51:19 AM
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@Naperlou: I'm not sure material waste was the driving factor for this initiative, but rather a pleasant side outcome. The real goal was to optimize the kayakers' performance. As for the software costs, expensive, but becoming less so. And given that this was done via affiliations with different research and university entities, I'm sure they'd already made an investment in the software. But your point is well taken that this isn't a quick fix or cheap endeavor.

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Competition by design
naperlou   8/6/2012 8:44:22 AM
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This type of attention to detail helps take sport to the highest level.  By optimizing the equipment, it all comes down to the athlete taking advantage of what they have. 

It is interestging, though, when talking about the material waste of the manual method and comparing that to the softwarre costs.  I wonder if it is really less expensive.  Those packages are very expensive.

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