Bob Stembridge, Customer Relations Manager, IP Solutions: Using proprietary patent data from the Thomson Reuters Derwent World Patents Index (DWPI), analysts at Thomson Reuters took a look at the latest, patent technology around skiing – just in time for the kick off of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Starting at One O’clock going clockwise, the inventions are described below.
- Safety is a paramount concern in all sports including those of the Winter Olympics, and a key component of that safety is delivered through helmet design. One example of the latest innovation in this area is described in US20120174294A1 to Bell Sports Inc for a helmet intended for snowboarding and skiing as well as cycling, skateboarding, motorcycling, race car driving and rock climbing. It has inner and outer protective layers, cheek pads, release strap and a pad back plate coupled to protective layer and including magnets to allow easy removal of the helmet during emergency situation.
- There’s not much chance to check where you’re headed when you’re hurtling down the slope at speed, so the heads-up display system for use on goggles by e.g. skiers, described in US20130222213A1 to Recon Instruments Inc could be just what you need. The system provides a head-mounted information system using an inertial navigation system (INS) sensor and a global positioning system (GPS) receiver to provide measurement of position and altitude. The system allows a display driver to maintain the display in an off state or power saving state unless a user is looking at the display.
- Perhaps you need to phone a friend from the piste – in which case, wouldn’t it be nice not to have to take off those gloves exposing your toasty hands to the cold. The invention claimed in EP2620842A1 to Scosche Ind Inc can help. It provides for a moisture resistant glove e.g. snow glove for operating capacitive touch sensitive devices e.g. cell phones. It works like this: the conductive elements are extended through the moisture penetration resistant layer to permit electrical conduction from user’s hand to the touch screen device, so that the transmission of moisture between the interior and exterior portions of the gloves can be prevented efficiently.
- Novice skiers can now keep and use the same set of skis as they learn and their proficiency increases. US20100171288A1 to Steep N Deep LLC provides for width adjustable skis to allow the user to adjust the width of the ski depending upon skiing style, snow conditions, experience of the skier and so on.
- Back to safety, the invention claimed in DE102011100933A1 to Moticon GmbH is an electronic ski binding device with improved user safety. The device has a trip unit which is triggered based on a signal sent by electronic device which is provided with acceleration sensor and turning rate sensor which releases the skis on detection of abnormal conditions.
- How about a ski boot that is comfortable and effective in both walking and skiing modes? US20130097892A1 to Scott Sports SA describes just such a boot with a guide unit (44) which is connected to support unit (40), to receive and guide the mobile end of a rod. The use of the mobile guide in relation to the support facilitates movement of the leg portion without creating any problem while in operation condition thus assuring easy skiing or walking as required by conditions.
- Perhaps you’ve misjudged the time and it’s starting to get dark? US20120080064A1 to 3D Relief Inc can help. The invention describes an illuminated ski pole which has a set of light sources set longitudinally around the shaft together with a power source in the handle to fire up the illumination.
- Finally, an end to those painful and damaging encounters with your ski edges. WO2012077236A1 to Goldwin Inc describes a ski pant which has an edge guard provided on inner thigh side of bottom portion configured as impact-absorbing structure. Since the edge guard is configured as the impact-absorbing structure made of elastic or viscoelastic shock absorbent, the edge guard does not impede user’s movement when the user is gliding using skis. The damage of bottom portion of ski pant due to the impact of the edge of ski board, is prevented by the use of edge guard.
Descriptions of the inventions listed here were summarized from the corresponding DWPI records using the DWPI value-added titles and novelty, use and advantage sections of the DWPI abstracts.