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New Technology: possible applications for snowboarding?

PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 2:07 pm
by bernwern
So besides snowboarding, I have a few other interests. I am always curious where science will bring us and love reading about any new developments; this is also important to follow patents and invest in new companies as the technology gets ready for production. Occaisonally i run across something that could impact snowboarding....hence why I am starting this thread. Any others are welcome to share!

Here is my first example: As noted in the article, this has a huge range of industrial applications. What about coating a Saturn with this? Better yet, what about making top-sheets for boards from it? Or significantly lightening a titanal board?

Or how about this one: Imagine keeping your iPod, cellphone, 2-way radio, etc charged while snowboarding? I don't have the link for it at work, but there is a similar one designed to strap to your arm that uses floating bearings and colied wires as an electromagnet to make charge....from any motion. I know my iPod and cell batteries dislike the cold, and these enventions could be great. Even those on long outdoor trips would have a use for this!

Share away!


PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 3:31 pm
by snowd0gg
As much as I flail around, I'm sure I'd be able to keep my iPhone charged up on the slopes! LOL

PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 11:18 am
by MunkySpunk
Materials science is probably the coolest science out there. I find it more interesting than Biology (and I'm a biologist). Not that I'd want to do P-Chem for a living, but it's interesting to read about the advances. I frequent '' myself for the wealth of materials and space science articles they have.

At any rate, I've got little to no comment about the first finding. It takes a long time to figure out the dynamics, applications, and mass-manufacturing process of a new material. Strong as steel, what do they mean: is that torsional stress? (doubt it, as it's just a film), is it puncture stress?, tensillary stress? compaction stress? That, however, does not detract at all from the coolness factor of the story.

For the second story. I'd worry a lot about grit, grime, snow, water, abuse, impacts, and other general stresses involved with snowboarding. I'm sure they could make a weather-proofed version. Get the cost down, and you might just see a lot of people with power-generating knee braces.

I read a story last year about mini turbine engines which could possibly replace batteries. When you stop laughing, check out this link.

There's also thin-film solar cells. This stuff can be manufactured akin to a printing press on a big roll. I'm not sure just how flexible, durable, and decentralized (i.e. if you poke a hole in it, does the entire array fail?) they are at this point, but don't be suprised to see this stuff covering your house (which is already being done), car, hat, or ski jacket one day in wierd punked-out designs to power your portables. It's got to be at least decently durable and decentralized or they wouldn't put it on the exterior walls of a house. One idea, plausible or otherwise, is to convert the matrix into a fine thread and weave it into fabrics.

The material/invention that's gotten the biggest 'wow' factor out of me is the flexible OLED screen and the plastic newspaper. This is the stuff that will give us television monitors we can keep in our wallet, like moving pictures on your driver's license. Imagine this stuff in the corner of your goggle lens giving you readouts on weather, speed, proximity warnings, IPOD control display, or watching the latest tripe the networks are ramming down our throats at primetime. Know if it's worth digging down through eight layers to answer your cell phone before you unzip b/c the caller ID is hovering in front of your face. It's a lot more plausible than you'd think. Give it 10-20 years, and we may actually see this stuff. Cool eh?

PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 2:45 pm
by bernwern
Nice work, MunkySpunk!

Regarding the knee-brake, I think the intent would be to wear it under your outer-wear. The other one I have the link for at home is a device that straps to your arm like a walkman radio and has floating bearings creating current as they move across magnets. Both could work now. I question the linking's a pain!

That turbine idea would be sweet! Those solar cells I read about, but I also questioned weather or not they would work if some were punctured. A helmet would be ideal to cover considering it is much more solid than a you could power wireless BlueTooth headphones from it!

Your last post about the OLED screens is awesome. Goggle lens HUD would be great! Maybe linked to a rear-view camera? They do make some technical equipment that you might be interested in:

The display is on your forearm and covered with a velcro-flap. The display will show incoming caller-ID, iPod controls, etc. Speakers are built into the collar, as is the microphone for taking calls. The system is smart, pausing music when calls come in and resuming it when you end the call. All parts can be removed from the jacket so it can be cleaned. I wanted one of these, but not with gear is better so I can layer.

Keep them coming :)


PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 8:03 pm
by MunkySpunk
bernwern wrote: A helmet would be ideal to cover considering it is much mroe solid than a you could power wireless BlueTooth headphones from it!
Now THAT'S an idea. Go find yourself a CPA and a patent lawyer.

I've seen the Burton Audex stuff. That's what name brand recognition gets you - collaboration. I can't deny it's neat.

I specifically got an Audex helmet with the headphones built in. I also picked up the Monster Cable iEZClick, which is kind of like the poor-man's audio-only version of the integrated control. I just tuck my iPod into my inner pocket to keep the battery warm and I control everything from my arm. There's also the Sportcommand to do the same thing.

Both transmit over RF, so you can bury the iPod deep in the layers.

PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 8:54 am
by bernwern
^ I love a very professional way! I was looking for something liek this for iPod control, as were several other I know. I know what to add to my birthday list now :)

So do they work good? Battery life? controls easy to use with gloves on?



PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 10:48 am
by MunkySpunk
I don't know. I didn't get it that long ago and my first day out this season is this Sunday. :)

What I CAN tell you is that the retail prices on both are similar, but you can get the iEZclick for MUCH cheaper on Ebay (Like, ~$30 shipped cheap). No matter where you go, they seem to always soak you for the sportcommand.

But why wait? If you've got buddies that are looking for the same thing, I found THE auction for you. Buy two get one on the iEZclick for $21+$1.50 shipping. I can't vouch for the speed or reliability of the seller (as I'm not the seller), but if he's reliable, it's a great deal however you cut it. It's a buy-it-now/best-offer auction, but the buy-it-now price is plenty equitable.

As for the gloves, it's hit and miss (as I've tried this). The button you'll use most often, pause/play, is nice and big and that one's easy to hit. With the others, you just have to be a bit deliberate to make sure you hit the right one, but it's still pretty easy.

PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 12:29 pm
by bernwern
^ A man like myself...ebay rules! Asking my good boarding buddy about this in email now. Figure we can get 2, sell the 3rd one for $25, and only pay $12 for each for ours :)

Thanks a million!


PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 11:32 am
by bernwern
^^Thanks again for that ebay link....I ordered 8 (12 coming with the free ones included). 9 are spoken for, but I am sure I can sell the other 3 for like $30 on the slopes very easily. I also had a coupon for 10% off through PayPal, so I got a steal!


PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 1:09 pm
by MunkySpunk
No problem. :)

PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2008 12:41 pm
by snowd0gg
Wow, that's pretty cool! I think I'm going to get one for my friend who is always fumbling with cords and stuff. Thanks for the info!

PostPosted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 10:02 am
by bernwern
Not sure if this can be used, but very interesting...