What is Peak?

Peak is the first consumer sports gadget that monitors the skiers technique and provides instant vibration feedback via the ski pole to help reduce injury while still having fun.

How does Peak work?

It’s a teaching device for skiers to attach to their ski poles. The product would analysis the skiers technique and vibrate when the skier is performing the incorrectly. The skier would set up the device before skiing to inform it on what part of the technique they wish to practice. There would be accompanying software for feedback results. The product contains accelerator,  gyroscope and magnetometer which work together to record the skiers movement, an algorithm then translates this to skiing technique.

Research – It was identified that knee injuries were the most common form of injury. Knee injuries were most likely to happen during a turn, from either losing balance or catching an edge or where the ski slides out. (One reason why people fall during a turn is having weight on the uphill ski). It was also identified that females were twice as likely to sustain an ACL injury.

Problem Brief – Reduce knee injuries in skiers.

Ideation – Many concepts were produced and one became apparently obvious to help with reducing knee injuries. The concept was a device that could attach to the ski pole or glove to help people use their ski poles correctly, which in turn helps them with balance and posture. If you were to correct their body posture and weight distribution using this device then in theory a fall would be less likely. If you pole plant then your hands will be forward, bringing your weight forward, therefore you should be balanced and your weight will be in the correct place to make the turn and perform the turn smoothly.

View a PDF of the development stage here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2-lPFhtRT5cSDFfNEdXcnBVOXc/edit?usp=sharing