XON Snow-1 aims to make snowboarding smarter
One factor that snowboarders didn't previously have to consider when choosing bindings was what kind of data they could transmit. With the introduction of the XON Snow-1, however, that's now a factor. The bindings use an array of sensors to provide riders with all sorts of information on their runs, that can be used to improve their skills.
There are four load sensors, two flex sensors, and an accelerometer. Data from those is sent to the user's smartphone through Bluetooth 4.0, where it's analyzed via an app. As a result, the user is provided with feedback on things like weight balance, center of gravity, acceleration, and board bend.
Since much of the data is seen after the run, the XON Snow-1 bindings also include LED lights that indicate riding position on the fly. This lets riders make small adjustments to their stance while on the run, instead of having to wait for the chairlift ride to make the larger analysis.
Cerevo, the company behind XON Snow-1, plans to release its new bindings at some point in 2015. At this point, it looks like it will miss the Northern Hemisphere's winter, but it's still possible that it may launch before the Southern Hemisphere's riding season. Final pricing information isn't available at the time of this writing, but reports from CES 2015 estimate the bindings will fall in the US$400-$600 dollar range.
The video below shows a demonstration of the companion application.