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How many things are crazy in this photo? I am like a 13 yr old girl at a Britney show about this

HortonHorton Posts: 28,770 Administrator
edited November 2009 in News & Other Stuff
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What the heck is this?
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  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,097
    Hmmmmmm. Am I imagining that binding says Obrien on it? Not a design I'm familiar with from them. WTH is that doohickey in front, though?
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • Thomas WayneThomas Wayne Posts: 550 New Baller
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    I'm guessing that doohickey has some accelerometers and other such gizmos and gimcrackeys inside.  The binding, an O'brien Bio, is probably uninvolved (except to act as a safety anchor).
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    TW
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  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,097
    That's the new bio?
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,093 Mega Baller
    Horton where did this photo come from? Your not hacking into the O'Brien server again are you? ;)
  • HortonHorton Posts: 28,770 Administrator
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    I have spys . . . lots and lots of spys.
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    You guys have found about 1/2 of the cool stuff. What else is odd about that image? 
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  • BulldogBulldog Posts: 1,026 Crazy Baller
    It looks like to me that the ski is extremely thin............
    Mike Loeffler - "Someone somewhere is having a real problem today...My bad skiing is NOT one of them"
  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,097
    It may be the perspective from which it was shot, but the ski looks really thin.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • HortonHorton Posts: 28,770 Administrator
    getting colder
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  • BulldogBulldog Posts: 1,026 Crazy Baller
    electromagnetic release??
    Mike Loeffler - "Someone somewhere is having a real problem today...My bad skiing is NOT one of them"
  • HortonHorton Posts: 28,770 Administrator
    <strong><font color="#00ccff">ICE COLD</font></strong> but I like the idea
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  • BulldogBulldog Posts: 1,026 Crazy Baller
    Give us a hint...
    Mike Loeffler - "Someone somewhere is having a real problem today...My bad skiing is NOT one of them"
  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,093 Mega Baller
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    Looks like a carbon fiber plate
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    could it be a camera mount?
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 28,770 Administrator
    Hmm warmer-ish. I have to go cook dinner now . . ..  you keep looking
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  • Thomas WayneThomas Wayne Posts: 550 New Baller
    <p>
    Oh, so it's a <em>picture puzzle!</em>
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    Well, the top deck looks like a really crappy job of molding, which suggests it's a prototype.
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    The doohickey seems to have a waterproof access port of some sort and possibly some user input points that are partially obscured by the tether.  The center "window" resembles a graphical user interface, perhaps a small LCD screen?
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    Could it all be about Piezoelectrics?   I mean, why not?  After all, they've been tried in everything else, from snow skis to pool cue shafts, so water skis certainly can't be immune...
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    TW
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  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,093 Mega Baller
    edited November 2009
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    Is it a Gforce gauge?
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    or is it a GPS tracker to track movement through the course? in relation to boat, buoys and down course movement? 
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    Measure ski Flex?
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  • Thomas WayneThomas Wayne Posts: 550 New Baller
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    Before we all get too crazy with our guesses let's remember that AWSA rules prohibit moving parts on a ski.
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    TW
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  • auskierauskier Posts: 456 Baller
    <p>
    the screw thing next to the boot is a pressure sensor, measuring flex and/or pressure on the ski while skiing to determine how much a plate impacts on ski flex????
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    Toby
  • Bill GladdingBill Gladding Posts: 109 Baller
    It's a gps.  The square window is the display with control buttons just underneath.  The tether is the antennae. 
  • T-UPT-UP Posts: 70 Baller
    <font face="Times New Roman" size="3" color="#000000">
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    Release system or mouse trap…hummmmm, I’m, going with mouse trap.
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  • h2odawg79h2odawg79 Posts: 599 Baller
    edited November 2009
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    <a href="http://shadowboxlive.com/">http://shadowboxlive.com/</a>
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    If not the above "ShadowBox", then another product of the same breed. The tether cable is a safety chain in case the Velcro fails...
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    The ShadowBox is probably one of the greatest inovations since instant replay! -Talk about logging your practice sessions (every detail) and review or analysis!!!
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    Is O'brian now using this technolgy for R&D of ski's and Bindings?  
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  • GloersenGloersen Posts: 984 Crazy Baller
    edited November 2009
    <p class=MsoNormal>2<sup>nd</sup> the <span class=SpellE><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:
    normal'>ShadowBox</b><sup>TM</sup></span> type <span class=SpellE>gps</span> speed/course
    plot tracking device conjecture.</p>

    <p class=MsoNormal><o:p> </o:p></p>

    <p class=MsoNormal>Tried to get similar data with a Garmin Forerunner 305, but
    the update frequency was inadequate, although one velocity data point was logged
    at 107mph, probably from a flailing arm after a spill.</p>

    <p class=MsoNormal><o:p> </o:p></p>

    <p class=MsoNormal>Could provide great data exploited as a coaching tool. That
    combined with a device logging line load vs. time could be quite useful; more
    buoys???</p>

    <p class=MsoNormal><o:p> </o:p></p>

    <p class=MsoNormal>Definitely more $$$, maybe it will cost way less than $500 (<span
    class=SpellE><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>ShadowBox</b><sup>TM</sup></span>),
    otherwise we'll have to wait & hear from Horton as to how valuable it is.</p>

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  • alex38alex38 Posts: 485 Baller
    I always thought; if you could ski a good set, see the video, then some sort of output of your actual line through the course it would reveal more, it could reveal your speed anywhere in the course, your arcs or turn radii, the angle of your path behind the boat. You could ski a set and really see things unbenouced to the naked eye. 
  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,093 Mega Baller
    edited November 2009
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    yeah I agree it is a shadow box.
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    It records Speed, location, acceleration, jump height, Jump distance, hang time, G force, object angles, rotation degrees, spin rates 
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    it exports your ride to google earth so you can see your path on the water and in the air for those jumpers and trick skiers
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    It has been used by many wake boarders but i see now it is making its way into the skiing scene!!
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    This is a great tool not just for product factory testing but for testing many skies to see what one is best for you. 
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    <img src="http://www.shadowboxlive.com/downloads/images/google_earth_shadowboxlive.com.jpg" border="0" width="350" height="174" />  <img src="http://www.shadowboxlive.com/downloads/images/ridetracker.jpg" border="0" width="350" height="174" />
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    <img src="http://www.shadowboxlive.com/downloads/images/google_earth_example.jpg" border="0" width="628" height="397" /> 
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  • eleeskieleeski Posts: 3,975 Infinite Pandas
    edited November 2009
    <p>
    Lets see, there is a prototype ski, with a novel boot, a GPS or dampener box and a safety wire to make sure you don't lose parts.
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    But the most interesting thing is the washer under the screw that is holding everything on is GATORADE LID plastic!
    </p>
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    Happy Thanksgiving
    </p>
    <p>
    Eric
    </p>
  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,097
    Wow, I'm seeing lots of possibilites with ShadowBox.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • TuneyTuney Posts: 244 Baller
    I didn't think GPS was that accurate. Isn't it like +/- 3 feet?
  • T-UPT-UP Posts: 70 Baller
    <span style="color: black"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">Tuney is correct, +/- 3 feet at best. Unless you have a $20, 000 survey system.</font></font></span>
  • Thomas WayneThomas Wayne Posts: 550 New Baller
    edited November 2009
    "<span>Thomas Wayne <font color="#c0c0c0">17 hours ago                                                                                                   <u>edit</u></font>
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    <p>
    I'm guessing that doohickey has some accelerometers and other such
    gizmos and gimcrackeys inside.  The binding, an O'brien Bio, is
    probably uninvolved (except to act as a safety anchor).
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    TW"
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    What I want to know: is there a prize for <strong>first </strong>one to nail it?  "Cause I'm just saying....
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    TW
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  • h2odawg79h2odawg79 Posts: 599 Baller
    edited November 2009
    <p>
    Besides the ShadowBox, it might be an H.O. ski, a Radar sequence plate and an O'Brian binding...
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    TW,   you only get an honorable mention, because you forgot to "Plug the Manufacturer"!!! -ha,ha! 
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  • BulldogBulldog Posts: 1,026 Crazy Baller
    TW, your serve............
    Mike Loeffler - "Someone somewhere is having a real problem today...My bad skiing is NOT one of them"
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