Here’s the sensors used for Nokia’s Push project.
In total, there were five sensors, including the phone, following the rider down the slopes. The Bond-style case made it feel like a proper alpha test. Top secret.
Let’s start with the Nokia N8: “This is the brain of the operation,” Clara of Vitamins, told us.
Taking in Bluetooth readings from sensors across our body, boots and board, some at around 20 per second, it logs them, shuffles and sorts them into some handy graphs on the phone.
We carried it in our pocket, and the phone did the rest.
These were the three test models, ‘Bambi’, ‘Thumper’ and ‘Tinkerbell’. It was the N8’s own GPS that gave the readings for speed and altitude.
These are the vests that measured ‘Galvanic Skin Response’, the same stuff used in lie detectors. We were sprayed with water, and contacts inside the vest measured the smallest changes in your skins’ conductivity. This would show how your body reacted to the snowboarding, and was called ‘rush’.
Watching the different test videos, you saw huge increases in this rush if the rider fell, made a sudden stop, and even when they landed a jump or trick.
The sensor attached to the board housed accelerometers and magnetoscopes, measuring all the different forces and movements applied to the board.
As a beginner, our board showed almost constant rotational forces, needing to continually correct our posture in attempts not to crash!
Getting kitted out in the sensors took under 15 minutes, and we could see the phone app, running on the test N8, soon picked up the left boo,t then the right, then the other sensors.
The boot sensors pick up exactly where the rider is placing their body weight; a handy icon in our video shows both feet, and spikes red where the pressure is. It’ll also flash blue when the opposite happens, that is, when you jump.
The sensor here was still a bit buggy, it is an alpha test, and registered a 20 second jump from us when we were speeding at 0 mph. We were still very proud of our ‘jump’.