Decimal point break

Decimal point break
Date:1 July 2011 Tags:

Researchers in Spain have loaded a high-tech surfboard with sensors that they hope will “turn feelings into facts and figures”. A slew of instruments – which together weigh less than 900 g – transmit data wirelessly from the board to an onshore computer for real-time monitoring. Tecnalia Research and Innovation and surfboard manufacturer Pukas hope to use data collected from professional surfers to make stronger, more responsive surfboards. – Alex Hutchinson

Accelerometer
Relays the gravitational forces imposed on the board; a tight turn can generate 5 g's.

GPS
Uses satellites to pinpoint the board's location and track its speed.

Strain gauges
Measure the flex of the board during manoeuvres.

Gyroscope
Determines orientation, including the angle of the board as it carves through water.

Video: Watch a video about the world's first surfboard with integrated technology.