Italian company Dainese said it has completed work on the airbag system for skiers. The project is part of a partnership with the International Ski Federation, which is developing plans to test soon at the Olympic Games in Sochi in the next year.
Ski airbag is a modified version of the bag for motorcyclists D-Air. In its structure, the system has three accelerometers and gyro related to GPS. The microprocessor analyzes the data from them and reacts to sudden acceleration. When it identifies a danger airbag inflates in the neck skier. The whole process takes only 45 milliseconds.
Need to adapt the D-Air Ski Dainese forced engineers to rewrite the software that has learned to recognize the ordinary movements of the fall. Airbag itself is very easy. It is mounted on the back and provides adequate protection. But as far as it is justified, we will see in Sochi.