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Ski Racers To Get Airbags?

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The FIS and Dainese have formed a partnership to look at how air bag technology could be used to improve safety for top level skiers. The project is set to run for 2 years. ...
The press release doesn't give too much away, but looks like FIS are involved in developing a safety system for skiers that's akin to the airbag in your jaloppy. Maybe one day we'll all be equipped with collision warning systems that deploy whole body airbags. In about 2017 helmet threads on this forum will be a thing of the past. Amen to that.

FIS and Dainese have signed a memorandum of understanding to investigate the potential application of air bag technology to top-level Alpine Skiing. Both FIS and Dainese consider the safety and protection of athletes their highest priority. The new cooperation underscores the long-standing efforts to provide the athletes with state-of-the-art protection using latest technologies, in this case Dainese's head-to-toe safety and intelligent protection systems that have shown their effectiveness in motorcycling.

The project, which started in 2010, is currently in a first data collection phase. Testers are fitted with a data-recording system based on an inertial platform that can record the dynamics involved in ski racing. Information collected during this phase will be used to determine the activation algorithm for the launch of the airbag, which is specially designed for Alpine Skiing. The project will continue for the next two years, until 2013.

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This kind of system is being used in equestrian eventing. Blow up gillet/armour tha infkates when you part with your saddle. Saw one chap come off over a steep fence dropping into water and tumble forward with his horse landing on top of him! Saved his life apparantly. Could be a great development.
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