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Stats on the slopes

Stats on the slopes

Snow enthusiasts: how would real-time detailed stats on your ski and board runs help you sharpen those moves?

An application by media artist Trent Brooks (who, in fact, helped design the site you're currently browsing), is designed to do just that, gathering rider data while you're out on the slopes, and he's looking for people keen to test it out (more detail here).

Brooks says it's all part of a larger open source project called AntiMap; AntiMap Log is the smartphone app that collects the data while AntiMap Video syncs the info with visual footage for post-run analysis.

It's also caught the eye of creative network The Creators Project. Here's what they had to say:

Step into the fray, media artist and keen snowboarder Trent Brooks who’s developed an open source project called AntiMap to take that data indexing experience to the slopes, gathering real-time rider data while you’re out skiing or snowboarding. It then analyses your numbers and even syncs it to video footage of you riding around, so you can marvel at your sick moves while enjoying some après-ski downtime.

Inspired by the Nintendo Wii’s Shaun White Snowboarding game, Brooks set out to create a mobile application that could record information using your smartphone while you’re out hitting the powder (currently only works on Android but iOS version is coming). So you get speed, distance, and time stats, along with spin detection, as well as the ability to play it all back afterwards on a computer using the AntiMap Video application. He cites potential uses as: real-time snowboard or ski games, a training or tutorial tool, and even for use in professional televised competitions like the Winter X Games. So, data-junkies, get your fix.

While it's built for snowboarding and skiing, he says the app could easily be adapted to a range of other sports. Antimap Video is still in development but will be released soon under a Creative Commons licence.