If there would be a way to create an equal and safe way to start for each ice skater, what would i need for that?
The idea for a starting block for ice skaters came into existence because there should be an equal and safe way to start for each ice skater.
What’s happening at the moment in ice skating competitions is that the competitor uses their ice skate to hack an edge in the ice, which they use to get grip and power to start.
This is what led to the development of the start block. The first prototype existed out of a vacuum block which was driven by an external unit.
With this first prototype we went to the Thialf ice skating rink in Heereveen. There has been many test with this first draft of the starting block to test what kind of influence it has on the ice and if it was able to handle enough power.
Dutch top skaters Annette Gerritsen, Kjeld Nuis, Stevan Groothuis and Pim Schipper tested starting with the block. Jac Orie wants to follow the development of the starting block.
Prototype 2.0 is an all in one block. The engine is internally and the size is convenient. The prototype 2.0 has been tested at the rink in Haarlem, under the eye of the press. After this test is the starting block was presented in InoSportLab at Thialf.
With all the advice and comments taken in, now prototype 3.0 is in development.
Type 3.0 has the ability to communicate with the network of the ice stadiums with time perception. There is a sensor inside of the starting block which immediately signals a false start.
The start sign is also audible from the block. With gps and laser technique it is possible to place the block on any desired start spot for the individual skater.
Prototype 3.0 will be tested extensively after the summer in collaboration with the InoSportLab on Thialf.
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