A glance into the future: First ski and snowboard helmet with Augmented Reality is being tested in Schladming-Dachstein

A glance into the future:  First ski and snowboard helmet with Augmented Reality is being tested in Schladming-Dachstein

– The new “Mohawk” helmet is equipped with a miniature camera, a headset, GPS and a navigation system

– Various stats can be called up on the visor and the helmet enables live communication with friends via test messaging, audio and video

 

– Free trial for skiers and snowboarders in Schladming Planai resort

Ski helmets too are becoming “smart”. In a worldwide exclusive, visitors to the Austrian holiday region of Schladming-Dachstein are currently being offered the opportunity of trying out the ski and snowboard helmet “Mohawk”, which is equipped with the latest Augmented Reality (AR) technology. A built-in miniature camera scans the surroundings on the piste, and on the visor the user can call up various visual data such as speed, altitude and a navigation system. Built-in headphones and a microphone enable live communication with friends by text messaging, audio or video. Particularly useful: an SOS button that may save your life in an emergency situation.

You will find all the details online at www.schladming-dachstein.at/mohawk

“Schladming-Dachstein has been renowned as a digital pioneer for some time because we began to conduct digital projects at an early stage. We were the first with WLAN coverage throughout the area and a virtual 360-degree scenic flight across the entire region,” says Mathias Schattleitner, MD of the local resort management company. “The globally first digital ski instructor CARV also had its premiere here. We are now launching a highly innovative project involving the AR helmet ‘Mohawk’, and we hope that we shall contribute to its success.”

As a worldwide exclusive, visitors to the Austrian holiday region of Schladming-Dachstein are currently offered the opportunity of trying out the ski and snowboard helmet “Mohawk”, which is equipped with the latest Augmented Reality (AR) technology. A glance into the future:  First ski and snowboard helmet with Augmented Reality is being tested in Schladming-Dachstein.
As a worldwide exclusive, visitors to the Austrian holiday region of Schladming-Dachstein are currently offered the opportunity of trying out the ski and snowboard helmet “Mohawk”, which is equipped with the latest Augmented Reality (AR) technology. Credit: RideOn. A glance into the future:
First ski and snowboard helmet with Augmented Reality is being tested in Schladming-Dachstein.

Free-of-charge trial at Schladming Planai resort

The “Mohawk” is being developed by the Israeli start-up RideOn. Its founder and CEO is former F16 fighter pilot Alon Getz, who was already using AR technology in pilot helmets during his flying sorties and was involved in their development. Getz now wants to put the experiences he made with AR in the F16 cockpit to good use on the ski slopes as well. The Schladming Planai resort is an ideal location for him to obtain extensive feedback for his product. Interested skiers and snowboarders can currently borrow the helmet from the Intersport Planai shop either for half an hour for free or for the whole day from 20 euros, a brief training session included. The official market launch of the “Mohawk” is planned for next year.

For further details and to reserve the test helmet go to: www.getmohawk.com

The “Mohawk” is being developed by the Israeli start-up RideOn. Skiers and snowboarders can currently try the prototype out for free at the Schladming Planai resort. A glance into the future: First ski and snowboard helmet with Augmented Reality is being tested in Schladming-Dachstein.
The “Mohawk” is being developed by the Israeli start-up Credit: RideOn. Skiers and snowboarders can currently try the prototype out for free at the Schladming Planai resort. A glance into the future:
First ski and snowboard helmet with Augmented Reality is being tested in Schladming-Dachstein.

The most important features of the new AR helmet “Mohawk” at a glance:

  1. Speed and altitude: The skier’s/snowboarder’s stats are displayed on the visor, which means that they can keep an eye on them when coming down the slope.
  2. Music player: Play music from playlists.
  3. Navigation: Navigate with the AR piste map and find new points of interest (POI) in the ski area.
  4. Action camera: Record great moments from your perspective with the 4K action camera.
  5. SOS: The helmet can be monitored via GPS from an operator’s control centre. In an emergency, the skier or snowboarder can press the SOS button to receive a call from the control centre via the helmet and arrange for any necessary assistance.
  6. Control centre: Networking with other users or friends. You can see the other skiers/snowboarders on the map and talk to them via the built-in headset.

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You can start thinking about your trip, by reading the articles on the Planning your Ski Trip tab.  Or how to pack for your family ski trip.  If taking your furry friend abroad to the continent, read about the new Pet Travel Scheme update from DEFRA. Check out our tips for driving to the mountains.  If flying and renting a car in Europe, beware of the extra charges they will pass to you if you want winter tyres, snow chains or ski racks. If driving, check the winter tyres news for Europe and North America.

A built-in miniature camera scans the surroundings on the piste, built-in headphones and a microphone enable live communication with friends by text messaging, audio or video.. Credit: RideOn. A glance into the future:<br /> First ski and snowboard helmet with Augmented Reality is being tested in Schladming-Dachstein.
A built-in miniature camera scans the surroundings on the piste, built-in headphones and a microphone enable live communication with friends by text messaging, audio or video.. Credit: RideOn. A glance into the future:
First ski and snowboard helmet with Augmented Reality is being tested in Schladming-Dachstein.

Or you can read our last news on equipment as seen at the London Ski Show. Also, the new range of skis of Black Crows, one of our favourite brands. Shred-Dog is a definitely favourite brand for parents of growing kids.

We have already covered many news due to this latest spat of snow storms in Europe, as the hotel that was hit by an avalanche of 300 meters of width in Eastern Switzerland. In the same place, a couple days later, a second avalanche affected the structure of the Säntis Suspension Railway. And two ski patrollers got killed setting avalanche control charges in the French resort of Morillon in the Grand Massif. Also two workers died in Jammu in the Gulmarg in India, when they’ve fallen from a cable car during a mock rescue drill.

Lots of snow makes you wonder how the resorts deal with the avalanche danger. Here you can read the interview to Coco Torres, former Head of Operations of Las Leñas, in Argentina, as how they dealt with avalanches at the resort. 

Equipped with the latest Augmented Reality (AR) technology, the ski and snowboard helmet “Mohawk” offers many useful features. Credit: RideOn. A glance into the future: First ski and snowboard helmet with Augmented Reality is being tested in Schladming-Dachstein
Equipped with the latest Augmented Reality (AR) technology, the ski and snowboard helmet “Mohawk” offers many useful features. Credit: RideOn. A glance into the future: First ski and snowboard helmet with Augmented Reality is being tested in Schladming-Dachstein

Or perhaps you may choose to read the Ski Resort NewsSki Passes News, and the Must-Read Guides to Lech,  Zermatt,  CourmayeurVal di Fiemme and Crans-Montana. Coming soon will be the guide to St Anton. Or  watch an amazing heli flight over the Mont Blanc Massif. Also see tips on how not to be scammed when booking a ski chalet.

You can also read what’s new at Les Trois Vallées and the last article on what is new at the Tirol ski areas, in Les 2 Alpes,  in Cervinia, in La Plagne, in 3 Zinnen Dolomites ,  in Adelboden, Lenk and Kandertal, in Gstaad, in Chamonix,  in Georgia’s Gudauri Resort and in the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn. And how the US Ski Team has chosen Alpe Cimbra to train for the following four ski seasons as their European home.  Here is the link to our post on the My Voucher Codes ranking of best European Ski Resorts.  

Crested Butte will have a new chairlift to replace Teocalli lift for the 2019/20 ski season. Jay Peak is officially for sale.

A glance into the future:  First ski and snowboard helmet with Augmented Reality is being tested in Schladming-Dachstein
A glance into the future:
First ski and snowboard helmet with Augmented Reality is being tested in Schladming-Dachstein

You can plan where to eat in Aspen Snowmass or which events to attend on-mountain while there.  And Cortina D’Ampezzo is getting ready for this winter and the 2021 World Ski Championships. 

Another classic resort, such as St Moritz has been in the news for its famous Cresta Run be opened again for women after a 89 years ban.

Also, you can read how Grandvalira will be staying together as one lift ticket company and how they are adding Ordino Arcalis to  this offer. Grandvalira is opening now all of its six sectors.  And also read how someone tried to sabotage some lifts in Vallnord’s Pal Arinsal. And as if it is starting to be a trend, there were two lifts sabotaged in Passo Rolle, in Val di Fiemme, Trentino. Fortunately they were repaired in record time to open to the public. It seems also that the deadly fire in a Courchevel employee housing building was arson.

Also, Mt Hood Meadows was forced to evacuate one lift with 150 skiers and boarders due to a power failure. And the same was the case in a lift with 140 skiers/boarders in Whitefish, Montana. Recently a British skier was killed after suffering a cardiac arrest on a chairlift falling 32 feet to the ground in Méribel resort in Les Trois Vallées. You can see our recent article on how avalanches claimed two lives in Switzerland the past week. And read more what is the real risk of avalanchesThree Germans have been killed by an avalanche near Lech and a fourth is missing. Two were caught in an inbounds avalanche near Kachina Peak in Taos and taken to hospital.

A glance into the future:  First ski and snowboard helmet with Augmented Reality is being tested in Schladming-Dachstein
A glance into the future:
First ski and snowboard helmet with Augmented Reality is being tested in Schladming-Dachstein

Or read about the latest investments in Whistler Blackcomb. Or see how Taos is going against the industry trend, and instead of merging with the two biggest oligopolies in skiing at the moment, it goes and buys an airline to get more bums in resort. Or how Jackson Hole is appealing to families and beginners – it is not only a resort for expert skiers anymore. Another great area for families is Stubaital in the Tirol. And a new coming ski area that got funding for its first lift is Skeetawk in Alaska.  Courmayeur is opening this season two new trails, one that is 70% steep – not for the faint-hearted! Or read how a group of experienced industry insiders got together to purchase Tamarack Resort. And how Peak Resorts finalised the acquisition of the resorts of Snow Time. You can also check how Vermont’s ski passes are the most expensive in New England. And talking about Vermont, you can read on how Killington is planning to change its North Ridge triple chair with a fixed-gripped quad.

Also read how one employee of Aspen Ski Co got caught in an avalanche but got out unscathed while scouting terrain for the Aspen Mountain Powder Tours. Or how the a gondola of the new American Eagle lift from Copper Mountain crashed into the snow in a trial run. The resort confirmed that the chondola will be fixed before it’s opening day. Plus this week, some gondolas got tangled in Hochzillertal. And there was a gas explosion at the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof that injured six, before its opening date.

A glance into the future:  First ski and snowboard helmet with Augmented Reality is being tested in Schladming-Dachstein
A glance into the future:
First ski and snowboard helmet with Augmented Reality is being tested in Schladming-Dachstein

You can keep up to date on how are the sales for the EPIC and IKON passes are doing here. Read how Emma, the first Digital Mountain Assistant, is launched in Keystone now and will be rolled to eight other resorts this season.  Breckenridge and Keystone are one of the resorts with the longest ski season in the United States. And even read about the new incorporation to the IKON Pass: Valle Nevado. Here is also a post on the South American resorts.  

Or you can see the inspiring story of the “Cholitas” – the indigenous Aymara ladies who are attempting to climb the highest peak of the Americas – the Aconcagua at 6,962 meters/22,840 feet.

A glance into the future:  First ski and snowboard helmet with Augmented Reality is being tested in Schladming-Dachstein
A glance into the future:
First ski and snowboard helmet with Augmented Reality is being tested in Schladming-Dachstein

Also, Rob Katz and his wife Elana Amsterdam donated 2 million USD in grants to support mental and behavioural health programs in ski towns of North America. And see how Aspen Skiing Company released its sustainability report 2018.   And also check Aspen’s Give a Flakecampaign. The Audi Power of Four Mountaineering Race is coming back to Aspen. And the ’12 hours Head NonStop’ is going back to Sierra Nevada.

And here is a summary of a report by LISTEX on the State of the UK Snowsports Market. The US had it first National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Day with 6,200 lessons given.

And what Switzerland could look by 2060 due to climate change.

Or check out how now with the EPIC Pass you can ski in Europe, specifically in Les Trois Vallées and the resorts of Skirama Dolomiti in Trentino’s Italy. Or see our review of L’Héliopic Hotel Sweet & Spa if thinking in staying in Chamonix this winter. Or check out the new Snowpine Lodge in Alta, Utah opening late January 2019.

Featured Image: On the visor of the Mohawk helmet, the user can call up various visual data such as speed, altitude and a navigation system. A glance into the future: First ski and snowboard helmet with Augmented Reality is being tested in Schladming-Dachstein.

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