by Anthony Griesel
The world's first data enabled, ski pole that allows you remotely answer calls, receive SMS and integrates with iPhone/Android.
This project's funding goal was not reached on June 6, 2012.
Use this space to cheer the creator along, ask questions, and talk to your fellow backers. Please remember to be respectful and considerate. Thanks!
This is a really cool idea. I would've pledged more if I had more money!
Once funding is done, I will get lengths from each backer so I can make sure to send you the right size. My supplier will be able to get me different lengths of poles, and then it’s as simple as popping a one size handle onto each pole.
I have gotten a few questions about theft and securing the pole and have been thinking about that. I could add an electronic "lock" that will only let it pair with 1 phone, so it would be useless if stolen, this may add complexity and headaches down the road. Removable handles is another option, but I don't want them coming off when you are skiing either. If I could find a source I could also include a small cable lock for the rack.
I will keep everyone posted once I decide on either one of these.
My patent covers ski and hiking poles (well any pole really) but I wanted to focus on making one first then expanding the product line. Companies like Burton already have patents on gloves, sleeves and Pebble has the market dominated for smart watches. My API for elevation angle and aspect calculations is open and easy to use, so could be integrated into some of those existing products.
This is a fantastic idea. I've wanted a solution for this for a few seasons now.
How do you plan to handle ski pole length? Will you have to manufacture different lengths and assemble them prior to selling the product?
This is going to be a cool pole. How can customers avoid theft when they are taking a break?
Is there a way you can provide the functionality without the need to integrate it with the pole? (i.e. a strap on, back of glove, or pole wrap-around?)
(Hope these questions help!)
While my patent covers both ski and hiking poles I wont realistically be able to bring a hiking pole into production for this season. I do plan on offering it, minus the avalanche features, but want to focus on a single project till completion. If I am able to go into production in the next month, I can hit the winter season and possibly carry over momentum into a spring/summer line.
I have been approached by several manufacturers and distributors and am talking to them. I will be attending SIA in Denver.
Super nice project but if you want to get $100.000 you will need to expand it to people who just hike so then you can advertise in the hiking summer magazines (more people that can use the ski pole as a hiking device will increase your customers/exposure). Have you went to big names in ski like Rossignol, Volkl etc that might sell it under their brand?