NadineJ, Just thinking out loud, a smart skateboard could provide data on proper balancing as well as kicking motion. I know Wii Fitness has an exercise that records your stance position related to balance. It then assists in correcting your poor balance stance with several exercises. Again, just brainstorming a concept for the smart skateboard.
From my experience working in the Action Sports market, Skate is one of the few categories that still has a strong support network and mentor relationship. Kids learn from their parents or older skaters. On any day, you can see groups of boards working together to perfect tricks, giving feeback and sharing success. It's not unuual to find basketball players practicing alone to perfect their skills early on.
How could a Smart Skateboard change things for aspiring pro-skaters?
Cabe, I forgot to mention the smart skateboard makes for a great Kickstarter project as well. That's one of the reason's I became an Electrical Engineer is because of the cool stuff you can make with electronics!
Charles, This product has so many sports applications it can be used in. I am curious about the electronics packaging of the sensors and DSP. Will the company have any tech specs on their website for the public to view?
I, too, have a son who played basketball, mrdon, and I wish this technology had been available when he was still playing. At $300, this is no longer a product just for a high school, college or AAU team. It can now be purchased by any serious basketball player.
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