Five core-board-sports can be identified from 105 different action sports. The metric of ‘park objects’ was selected as metric that was deemed most promising across all five core-board-sports. The metric of ‘park objects’ essentially entails who went over what Park Object at what time. Here, BLE Beacons are very promising.
How Will It Work
A BLE Beacon (placed on a Park Object) will broadcast a signal that is received by the Sensor (placed on the board of a rider) when in broadcasting-range of the BLE Beacon. The Beacon and Sensor will communicate defining the proximity of the Sensor (thus participant) to the Beacon (thus Park Object). If the Sensor is within immediate proximity of the Beacon, it can be concluded that the participant must have gone over a Park Object.
Minimal Viable Product (MVP)
The product-service system designed here holds a design for the Minimal Viable Product (MVP) of applying BLE Beacons onto Park Objects. The MVP-case being to place BLE Beacons onto Park Jumps (with ‘standard’ dimensions) in wakeparks for wakeboarding.
A Beacon is ‘a low-cost piece of hardware — small enough to attach to a wall or counter-top — that use battery-friendly, low-energy Bluetooth connections. The core outcome of this project is to place BLE Beacons onto Park Objects, through which multiple core-board-sports can be targeted.
Participant / Rider
In addition to the identification what Park Object a participant went over, the Sensor will also keep its current capabilities: measuring jump height, jump airtime, landing G-force, and landing angle. Thereby creating a package of ‘jump-data’ which can be capitalized by using various gamification mechanics. The rider experience will go through the User App. Thus, the rider will receive a Sensor and a User App.
The Park Manager will receive a (set of) Beacon(s) which he / she will set-up by placing them on a Park Object. The data collected by the Beacon(s) will be visible through the Park Manager App. Where a.o. the Park Activity, Park Leaderboards, and number of people going over a Park Object can be shown, thereby creating value for the Park Manager.
Mark van der Horst
Hultink, H.J., Beekman, A.Q.
master thesis, March 2016