Wearable Experiments Introduces “BIG AIR” Snowboard Flying Jacket Concept at Oakley’s Future Sport Project
In Collaboration with Olympic Snowboarder Scotty James, First-of-Its-Kind Snowboarding Gear Allows Flight
Wearable Experiments (We:eX) announced the launch of its “BIG AIR” Snowboarding flying jacket concept, designed to give snowboarders more air and shatter the confines of snowboarding. The company debuted the wearable technology design at the launch of Oakley’s Future Sport Project in Sydney this past October.
BIG AIR was conceptualized in collaboration with 19-year old Olympic snowboarder and bronze medalist Scotty James, whose ultimate dream is to bring flight to the sport.
The initial concept consists of building a turbine structure through the back of a customized snowboarding jacket. The turbines will use the wind force and trajectory from a half-pipe jump to accelerate the rider and increase the amount of time and distance in the air. Controlled using 9-axis motion sensors, the BIG AIR jacket concept has situational awareness and can increase the number of flips and spins. Should the rider experience any loss of control, the jacket can bring him or her back to vertical as well as assist the rider safely back to the ground. The fin-shaped turbines will be lightweight metal alloy as an external feature built into the jacket through supporting internal skeletal structures.
We:eX’s technology-enhanced snow gear concept allows the wearer to feel their half-pipe jumps for longer periods of time. Engineered like the turbines of a jet engine, the high velocity brushless linear motors propel the turbine blades to spin and increase the rider’s velocity and flight time.
Scotty James worked closely with We:eX Cofounder and Design Director Billie Whitehouse and Cofounder and Technical Director Ben Moir to make the “BIG AIR” jacket something that he and fellow boarders would want to wear.
“Snowboarding is as much a culture as it is a professional sport, said Scotty James, Olympic Snowboarder and Bronze Medalist. “Designing a piece in a traditional shape with external turbines is more relevant to the style of the sport and less threatening than a Lycra suit.”
“Our collaboration with Scotty James for the Oakley Future Sport Project brings together style and technology with a functional design aesthetic, said Ben Moir, Cofounder and Technical Director, We:eX. “Through creative problem solving with Oakley, we have created ground-breaking, design-focused wearable technology that will revolutionize the way athletes prepare for, perform and approach the sport of snowboarding.”
The jacket was showcased alongside The Future Sport Project’s surfing and biking showcases. Wearable Experiments worked with Cocreators to 3D model and 3D print the prototypes that were on display at the event, attracting snowboarding superstars such as Shaun White. The Oakley brand is a passionate supporter of emerging design and technology collaborations.
For more information about The Future Sport Project, please visit http://au.oakley.com/futures-project/.