Visualize your load balance of each foot with four load sensors at the bottom of each foot. You can see a bending level of your snowboard through two flex sensors. Easy to learn Ollie and Nollie because each bend sensor placed on both the head and tail of a snowboard. Coming from CEREVO in 2015.
LAS VEGAS—Learning how to snowboard took me two days of pain and crashes, multicolored bruises blossoming on both knees. It’s not a hard sport to pick up, but I kept wanting to put my weight on my back foot, leaning slightly uphill (you know, away from the direction I didn’t want to fall) instead of on my front foot, which is what you’re supposed to do so you can initiate turns with that back foot.
If only I’d had the XON Snow–1 bindings at the time.
Debuting at International CES, Japanese company Cerevo’s smart snowboard bindings feature four load sensors under your feet to measure your balance, as well as bend sensors you can stick to the head and tail of your board to measure its flex. The data from those sensors, along with an accelerometer, is sent to an iOS and Android app over Bluetooth, and you can see real-time data in the app.
Of course, you won’t be looking at the app, since you’re riding your snowboard down a freakin’ mountain, but if you loan your smartphone to your riding buddy, he can take a video of your run while the sensors are doing their thing. Then the app will overlay the data on top of the video, so you can watch it on your way back up the chairlift for your next run. This is useful not just for beginners—even awesome snowboarders (like myself!) could benefit from this kind of feedback. I could work on making faster turns to improve runs through the trees, or keeping my snowboard’s tip above the snow when there’s a foot of fresh powder on the mountain.