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SurfSens Brings Surfing Into the Computer Age

timothy posted more than 3 years ago | from the lacks-a-good-place-for-snacks dept.

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cylonlover writes "In an activity that for many of its participants is akin to a religion, the merging of surfing and technology might seem a bit like blasphemy. But while surfing is still about lifestyle for many of us, these days it's also a competitive sport offering huge amounts of prize money, so it's no surprise to see the emergence of boards packing more than just polyurethane within their fiberglass shells. With the aim of 'turning feelings into facts and figures,' research company Tecnalia and Spanish surfboard manufacturer Pukas have teamed up to create a surfboard that packs a gyroscope, accelerometer, GPS compass, pressure sensors and strain gauges to measure the flex of the board."

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Surfing in the age of wimps (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35403278)

No need for skill anymore. Slap some speakers on it and call it Surf Hero.

Re:Surfing in the age of wimps (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35403436)

No need for skill anymore. Slap some speakers on it and call it Surf Hero.

Call me when they fix a motor as well.

Re:Surfing in the age of wimps (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35403458)

Yeah, because data logging somehow surfs for you. WTF?

Re:Surfing in the age of wimps (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35405256)

It really does surf for you. When I had data logging spyware on my PC, there was a whole bunch of URLs in my history that I didn't remember visiting.

Re:Surfing in the age of wimps (1)

toastar (573882) | more than 3 years ago | (#35403646)

Slap some speakers on it and call it Surf Hero.

Cowabunga dude!

Surprising (2)

Toam (1134401) | more than 3 years ago | (#35403318)

I'm quite genuinely surprised that this has not been done sooner.

In hindsight, it seems quite an obvious thing to do.

Re:Surprising (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35403418)

You are obviously not a surfer. What is obvious or useful about this?

Re:Surprising (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35404538)

Analysing performance to review technique in order to become better surfers and create better boards.

Re:Surprising (1)

psithurism (1642461) | more than 3 years ago | (#35414828)

You are obviously not a surfer. What is obvious or useful about this?

You are obviously not a nerd. What is NOT obvious or useful about more data.

I skimmed the article just far enough to figure out I NEED to put a GPS on my surf board. I've got a few theoretical models about paddle speed, wave speed, velocity along the face and height changes that partially work out with videos. But to get real data? I'm already thinking about how you could incorporate your top paddle speed on various boards against an expert system to choose a board based on needed speed in various conditions. BTW, I'm totally serious about all of this.

As a surfer, I understand that no amount of data gathering will surpass the dead reckoning of even meagerly experienced surfers (including myself), and only time in the water will really make you a better surfer and better at board design. However, as geek: data! I recommend you turn in your geek and go back to 'real' surfing.

Unacceptable. (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35403328)

As an Amish gentleman, I find this product quite wicked, and I shall not purchase one.

Re:Unacceptable. (2)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 3 years ago | (#35403348)

Says the Amish gentleman posting on /.

Re:Unacceptable. (2)

kitsunewarlock (971818) | more than 3 years ago | (#35403364)

Not that I'm saying you believe what will soon follow, but it's a general misconception due to many (usually comic) depictions of them in popular media. But the amish don't believe technology is wicked because of any kind of supernatural fear of the technology itself (i.e. they don't believe electricity is evil) so much as they believe that relying on things outside their immediate community is wrong and will lead to dire complications. Plus they believe electricity leads to unnecessary wants that distract people from their physical, ethical and spiritual development. While I'm not saying their lifestyle is more or less suitable for man in general, I do understand where they are coming from. Says the graphic design and marketing major posting 23 minutes before midnight instead of getting some much needed sleep.

Re:Unacceptable. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35404050)

It would have been funnier had you typed:

As an Amish gentleman, I find this product quite awesome, and I shall not purchase one.

Re:Unacceptable. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35404054)

It's also blasphemy for surfing in Pakistan, unless it runs Linux.

Re:Unacceptable. (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#35405134)

I hear using this technology can get you kicked off of this service [amish-online-dating.com] !

LOL (2)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 3 years ago | (#35403374)

Yeah, right. Take one of these foo-foo boards out and get the **** beaten out of you by "locals only" townies. These rednecks then take your board, break it in half, and sell the parts to a chop shop. (Do they even have chop shops for surfboards? Well they'll have to start now!)

Re:LOL (1)

camperslo (704715) | more than 3 years ago | (#35404102)

Well just add a winch and tell them you're fishing for lost satellites.

Re:LOL (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 3 years ago | (#35404320)

Yeah, right. Take one of these foo-foo boards out and get the **** beaten out of you by "locals only" townies.

One of my brothers was a Santa Cruz surfer and another friend still is and it doesn't matter what kind of board you have, if you're not there with a local and/or you're not everything they think you should be then you're getting that ass-kicking.

Re:LOL (1)

dfenstrate (202098) | more than 3 years ago | (#35407634)

Yeah, right. Take one of these foo-foo boards out and get the **** beaten out of you by "locals only" townies.

One of my brothers was a Santa Cruz surfer and another friend still is and it doesn't matter what kind of board you have, if you're not there with a local and/or you're not everything they think you should be then you're getting that ass-kicking.

I wasn't aware surfers were such violent degenerates, in addition to being the airheads they're traditionally portrayed as.

You learn something new every day.

Re:LOL (1)

DoraLives (622001) | more than 3 years ago | (#35409036)

> I wasn't aware surfers were such violent degenerates,
> in addition to being the airheads they're traditionally portrayed as.

It's worse than you imagine, by far.

Surfers are dangerous thugs, and they will issue beatdowns at the slightest provocation, or even no provocation at all.

They roam in packs, speak in a near-incomprehensible dialect, and evade all duties to god, country, family, and work in a crazed hedonistic pursuit of some delusional "perfect wave."

The most cursory of examinations of surfing culture as exposed by media fact-finders will inform you that surfing damages its practitioners in some way that reduces their mental capacities to that of a troglodyte.

If you govern, you should always view surfers as an especially insidious fifth column. If you employ, never ever hire a surfer, as they are inveterate shirkers. If you're thinking of entering into a relationship with a surfer, do not, because they are completely unreliable and cannot be counted on to adhere to even the most basic of familial obligations. If you see them in the water, do not approach them, but instead calmly leave the area prior to notifying the authorities.

Despite its malevolent foundation, surfing culture has infected the minds of young people around the world, and seems to still be spreading.

To combat this pernicious infection, it is recommended that you boycott all things associated with surfing and surfers.

Do not buy surfing-related apparel. Do not watch videos of tanned bodies in the peak of youthful health flying as if on magic carpets though crystal blue dreamscapes of water. Do not fall prey to the seductions of charismatic groups of surfers, living lives that you can neither imagine nor approve of, as you perform your tasks as a good conscientious member of society.

Stamp out this virulent infection now, before it is too late!

Re:LOL (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 3 years ago | (#35410178)

I wasn't aware surfers were such violent degenerates, in addition to being the airheads they're traditionally portrayed as.

Well, like anything else it's not universal, but yes; Surfers tend to be violent and territorial. I imagine after the fifth or sixth time some jackass cuts you off or better, rides over you, it's tempting to go pretty aggro, but on the other hand, a lot of surfers have a problem with sharing. On the gripping hand, what are violent young men supposed to do with their time?

Obligatory (4, Funny)

zill (1690130) | more than 3 years ago | (#35403472)

Yo dawg, we heard you like surfing so we put a computer in yo' surfboard so you can surf while you surf.

Oh, it's THAT kind (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35403486)

It wasn't until the end of the summary I realized it was referring to something else than web-surfing. Duh.

Whatever happened to tags? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35403528)

Tag this as tubular, dude!

No autopilot? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35403538)

A pity they left out the most useful feature.

flex and return speed (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35403540)

Recently surfboard flex and return speed have bean at the forefront of board design. Unfortunately there are two very big problems with trying to design a board that has perfect flex. One is that surfers descriptions are flawed. A surfer might say a board feels stiff when the board is actually very flexible. The stiff feeling comes from the board having a fast return speed from flex. The second problem is that a board that has the best new flex design could get bad reviews because it is not what people are used to. With the computerized surfboard it will be possible to get to the bottom of these kinds of subtleties. This really could revolutionize surf board design.

I would love to hear what any of the Computational Fluid Dynamics folks might have to say about all of this.

Re:flex and return speed (1)

Purity Of Essence (1007601) | more than 3 years ago | (#35403570)

I'm glad somebody gets it. Performance surfing lore is filled with so much misinformation. Tools like these can bust some myths and clarify what is actually happening to the board and to the water when someone is surfing.

Re:flex and return speed (1)

thegarbz (1787294) | more than 3 years ago | (#35403788)

Isn't this the same with any sport? I mean looking at reviews for skis one person will say it's a garbage set, and the next will say it's the best they've ever clipped their boots into. Each has pros and cons on the various large number of possible types of skiing conditions.

Bicycles are the same too. I heard one group of cyclists arguing over a set of carbon fibre rims, one cyclist loved them and the other said he tried them and returned them for something else.

You can surf *without* a computer? (1)

Arancaytar (966377) | more than 3 years ago | (#35403544)

Huh. :P

Half-Way (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35403660)

It took me till about half-way through the above before I realized they were talking about the water + wave kind of surfing, little directly to do with the internet. Obviously, I was quite confused.

Totally radical dude (1)

atari2600a (1892574) | more than 3 years ago | (#35403678)

My keyboard IS my surfboard brah!

file and return yes (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35403712)

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babys/LSI/world+dog; help for the (r)evolution? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35403738)

that's what we're seeing. down under, everywhere, but here. no surprise? our intentions are growing stronger. can you feel it? see you there?

some/same intentions; our will be done?

1. DEWEAPONIZATION (not a real word, but they like it) almost nothing else good happens until some progress here.

2. ALL BABYS CREATED/TO BE TREATED, EQUALLY. (a rough interpretation (probably cost us. seems like a no-brainer but they expressed that we fail on that one too(:)->) 'we do not need any 300$ 'strollers', or even to ride in your smelly cars/planes etc..., until such time as ALL of the creators' innocents have at least food, shelter, & some loving folks nearby.' again, this is a deal breaker, so pay attention, that's cheap enough, & could lead to our survival?

3. THOU SHALT NOT VACCINATE IRRESPONSIBLY. this appears to be a stop-gap intention.

the genuine feelings expressed included; in addition to the lack of acknowledgment of the advances/evolution of our tiny bodies/dna (including consciousness & intellect), almost nobody knows anymore what's in those things (vaccines) (or they'd tell us), & there's rumor much of it is less than good (possibly fatal) for ANY of us. if it were good for us we'd be gravitating towards it, instead of it being shoved in our little veins, wrecking them, & adversely affecting our improving immune systems/dna/development? at rite-aid, they give the mommies 100$ if they let them stick their babys with whoknowswhat? i can see why they're (the little ones) extremely suspicious? they're also asking that absolutely nobody be allowed to insert those corepirate nazi 'identity' 'chips' in their tiny frames. they know who they, and we, are, much better than we ever will? many, oddly? have fading inclinations to want to be reporters of nefarious life threatening processes, ie. 'conspiracies', as they sincerely believe that's 'stuff that REALLY matters', but they KNOW that things are going to be out in the open soon, so they intend to put their ever increasing consciousness, intellect, acute/astute senses & information gathering abilities, to the care & feeding of their fellow humans. no secrets to cover up with that goal.

4. AN END TO MANUFACTURED 'WEATHER'.

sortie like a no-(aerosol tankers)-fly zone being imposed over the whole planet. the thinking is, the planet will continue to repair itself, even if we stop pretending that it's ok/nothing's happening. after the weather manipulation is stopped (& it will be) it could get extremely warm/cold/blustery some days. many of us will be moving inland..., but we'll (most of us anyway) be ok, so long as we keep our heads up. conversely, the manufactured 'weather' puts us in a state of 'theater' that allows US to think that we needn't modify our megaslothian heritage of excessiveness/disregard for ourselves, others, what's left of our environment etc...? all research indicates that spraying chemicals in the sky is 100% detrimental to our/planet's well being (or they'd talk to US about it?). as for weather 'extremes', we certainly appear to be in a bleeding rash of same, as well as all that bogus seismic activity, which throws our advanced tiny baby magnets & chromosomes into crisis/escape mode, so that's working? we're a group whose senses are more available to us (like monkeys?) partly because we're not yet totally distracted by the foibles of man'kind'. the other 'part' is truly amazing. we saw nuclear war being touted on PBS as an environmental repair tool (?depopulation? (makes the babys' 'accountants' see dark red:-(-? yikes. so what gives? thanks for your patience & understanding while we learn to express our intentions. everybody has some. let us know. come to some of our million baby play-dates. no big hurry? catch your breath. we'll wait a bit more. thanks.

do the math. check out YOUR dna/intentional healing potential. thanks again.

Android (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35403938)

Android Standard Hardware has all of that except for the strain gauges.

Install strain gauges/bluetooth module in to the board & carve space for a waterproof android dock out of the foam.

No video camera? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35404178)

It would be cool to see a shark chomping through the board and spitting out the indigestible bits
.

Hydrofoil Boards (1)

GrahamCox (741991) | more than 3 years ago | (#35404338)

Talking of high tech, whatever happened to the thing I saw about 5-6 years ago where someone had fitted a small hydrofoil blade beneath the rear of the board, which lifted the whole thing out of the water at speed and made it ultra-fast and ultra-manouverable. I know little about surfing, so maybe that wasn't playing fair, and it got seen off by the surfing equivalent of the "get off my lawn"brigade, but it seemed a great idea and once seen, sort of obvious. Not even expensive to make.

Re:Hydrofoil Boards (1)

GrahamCox (741991) | more than 3 years ago | (#35404392)

This is the thing I mean: youtube vid [youtube.com] . Did it come to anything?

Re:Hydrofoil Boards (1)

kaizokuace (1082079) | more than 3 years ago | (#35404840)

woah thats totally sweet! I can see why competition surfing wouldn't allow that though. There was a related link there to a kayak with a couple of those hydrofoils that I thought was cool.

Re:Hydrofoil Boards (1)

psithurism (1642461) | more than 3 years ago | (#35414740)

it got seen off by the surfing equivalent of the "get off my lawn"brigade

If there was such a brigade with any influence whatsoever, paddle boards would not have happened.

I only saw it (in videos) for tow surfing on hideously large waves, and there it did not appear to me to give the speed or control of a typical big wave board. I doubt you could paddle that thing up to speed on smaller waves, and if it endangers your life on waves that are larger, I don't really see it becoming popular.

It's better (1)

jimmydevice (699057) | more than 3 years ago | (#35404352)

than what Intel cooked up back in the mid-2K's. A board with a PC and wireless connectivity. Almost as bad as branding with Disney.

Re:It's better (1)

psithurism (1642461) | more than 3 years ago | (#35414868)

A board with a PC and wireless connectivity.

Back when I was single, sitting out there for a couple hours on a Sunday afternoon hoping the wind would die or knowing a particular mob would leave, I would totally go for some wireless web surfing.

Could have been awesome... (1)

Crudely_Indecent (739699) | more than 3 years ago | (#35404830)

What, no media player? No digital camera? No Shark Shield [sharkshield.com] ?

With all of the possibilities, they seem to have chosen the lamest ones.

A GPS? Seriously? "Dude, this surf is awesome....where the hell am I?" I still remember where I was the last time I surfed - 14th Street, Del Mar - a short climb down the cliff to the isolated beach.

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