Functions of the Neva ski poles can be turned on or off via the user's linked smartphone
Neva ski poles contain a microprocessor and OLED screen, allowing skiers to do things such as receiving phone calls while on the slopes
Neva users can obtain a record of the day's runs, on Google Earth
To take or ignore calls, Neva users swipe a gloved finger or thumb across an optical sensor embedded in the screen
It seems that more and more often, we’re hearing about people adding computer functionality to existing products – turning so-called “dumb” devices into “smart” ones. While that’s understandable with electronic appliances such as fridges and washing machines, a lot of people might scoff at the idea of a smart ski pole ... wouldn’t that be sort of like a smart pencil sharpener or doorstop? It turns out, however, that software engineer Anthony Griesel’s Neva microprocessor-equipped ski poles could actually be kind of useful.
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