Over the last few weeks Forward Ski has been working with the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team to develop a waterproof prototype. To be honest, the idea was all that of Coach Matt Gnoza of the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team. He wanted to be able to listen to audio feedback of the athlete’s ankle flexion as they went down and off the water ramps at the Utah Olympic Park. I loved the idea and quickly got back to Reno to begin working on a way to do it.
Problem 1: Power
The Forward Ski system is designed to be as power efficient as possible. In order to achieve maximum battery life and peak connectivity without the signal strength becoming saturated. For this purpose, we need as much power as possible, and were not worried about proximity, so saturation wouldn’t be much of an issue. We cranked everything up to 11. Maximum power, maximum receive strength. Bluetooth does however have it’s limitations… especially when attempting to transmit through anything wet.
Problem 2: Water
Water and electronics don’t get along too well. We all know that. We decided for ease-of-use and time saving’s sake that we would go with the easy approach. Put it in a bag! We placed the hand controller in a high grade waterproof lock bag, sealed the headphone hole, and tested it! It worked.
The Boot Transmitters are already water tight and fine to be submerged for small periods of time. No problems there.
Unnecessarily long story short, take a look at some of these pictures of the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team using the system on the water ramps!