A surfboard with built-in sensors and a mini computer built into the board. Find out why it's being done.
From snowboarding goggles with built-in video cameras, to golf GPS devices, if there's a sport out there, someone is dreaming of a way to incorporate gadgets.
Now a surfing company has come up with the idea of cramming an array of sensors, GPS, accelerometer, and a mini IGEPv2 computer, into a surfboard. All up, the equipment weighs about 650g.
The idea isn't to have surf shops everywhere start selling these gadget-boards, but to let surfboard designers monitor the performance of the boards.
The people behind the project also think it might make a good way to judge surfers in surfing competitions, by measuring things like the "verticality" of turns and top speed. As the video voiceover says: "We have always said, 'what a turn' or 'he is the fastest' but being able to measure those feelings in numbers is something pretty unique and innovative."
As the people behind the project claim in their press release, adding computers to surfboards "will revolutionise surfboard manufacturing processes." A big claim indeed.