Abigail, a fashion student at Kent State and avid snowboarder was disappointed with the safety of the slopes. So our team came up with an idea that would streamline the process of getting emergency services in the case of an urgent situation.
What it does
Encased in a beautifully crafted thermal pullover, SNO uses an accelerometer to track the force of the snowboarder or skier to report and call for help if a crash occurs. A bluetooth sensor will relay to an app on your phone that will send information about your location and current situation to emergency services and the owner of the slope to ensure speedy help in the event of a crisis. SNO will also relay information about weather alerts like upcoming blizzards and avalanches to the user.
How we built it
One of the first steps was to craft the thermal jacket, which will provide the user with both warmth without weight and the services of SNO. An arduino fitted with an accelerometer was encased in the hooded portion of the pullover.
Challenges we ran into
Our team was encompassed of entirely first time hackers, so there was a learning curve in terms of both hardware and software. One team member even spent the first few hours learning Python from square one.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Our team did a really great job of learning from each other and using quick research skills to figure out all of the missing pieces. We also are incredibly happy to present a functional and stylish garment.
What we learned
What's next for SNO
We hope to make an even better user interface to help ski slope operators to make a more enjoyable and safer experience for their customers. We also hope to downsize our accelerometer and arduino into a more wearable micro controller that will fit more ergonomically with the thermal pullover jacket.