Hey Tekochip, users interact with MOD Live using the 6 buttons on the wireless Bluetooth low energy remote. The remote is worn like a watch over the skier's jacket, or it can be attached to the goggle strap as well. Here's a picture of the remote on my wrist: http://i.imgur.com/Ykr4v.jpg
Since the emergence of Go-Pro and YouTube, the average sports enthusiast has been strapping on cameras and showing anyone interested where they've been and what they've done. It all follows the larger trend of Tribalism-sharing and connecting with like-minded people without geographic limits.
The data recorded can help back up any claims of extreme altitude, speed, etc.
I'm sure that safety is a big concern and will be addressed. Sorry I missed this at CES. I'd like to see the actual display through the goggles.
For competitive skiers this would be useful, perhaps. For a race car driver, where a machine is being controlled, the information might be useful. For a skier, I am not sure of what additional help it would be. And when you are on the slopes, do you really want to answering your phone?
On the other hand, this is a great example of what can be done with some modern microcontrollers to lower power comsumption and operate in extreme environments.
I see a holiday present in the making for my gadget-loving, 24/7 connected husband who constantly has smart phone in hand on the slopes. While I imagine a host of other takers like him, I have to wonder at the safety issues related to having all that "digital noise" clouding your vision when careening down the slopes. Not much different than people's reaction to folks checking email, GPS, and texting while driving. On second thought, perhaps not such a good gift....
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