I’ve just heard about Trace, a new unique device on the market that makes action sports measurable, sharable and comparable. Your ears just pricked up didn’t they! Trace is the first piece of technology that can correctly and automatically identify data and tricks as they are being performed by skaters, skiiers, snowboarders and surfers and they’re hoping that extreme sports fans can help support them so that they can continue to manufacture the devices via a Trace kickstarter campaign started last month, the minimum donation is a buck so a few less penny sweets in your pick ‘n’ mix at tonight’s red light district show.
With 9-axis sensors, advanced multi-Hz GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, and its own processor, athletes can then compare and share those metrics with leaderboards and their networks via social media. Trace has more than seven hours of battery life and is durable, shockproof and waterproof. It consists of two parts: the data collection pod and the mount. Attaching Trace sound pretty easy, the mount is attached to any hard surface like a board or helmet and then you slide the device in the mount, then push the activate button and there you have it, trick domination and showing off to the world at your fingertips! We like.
Once you’ve had an awesome session doing what you do, Trace will connect with your smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0 and send the data to ActiveReplay servers for processing. Within seconds, you’ll be able to see all of your session data, beautifully laid out and easy to read on your phone, giving you metrics such as speed, distance, jump height and rotation. Trace comes with three mobile apps: AlpineReplay (for ski and snowboard), SkateReplay (for skate) and SurfReplay (for surf). These apps are free to download for iOS and Android.
For example, for surfers Trace will identify beach location, waves caught, speed, airs etc From the moment you paddle out, Trace is collecting data. Every time you catch a wave, Trace calculates max speed, average speed and length of wave in both time and distance. If you get some air, Trace measures how high you got, how long you were in the air and distance traveled. You can even use the ‘explore function’ before hitting the beach to see where other surfers are logging the best rides.
CEO of the company behind Trace is Dr. Lokshin, he was part of the technical staff at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he worked on robotic arms for the space station and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) project. His passion for creating the Trace device comes from skating, snowboarding and surfing in Cali as a kid.