“Smart Ski Goggles” aims to experiment with a real-time information system implemented into a wearable data goggle (Oakley Airwave). The displayed information about lifts, slopes, weather, hospitality, community activities and the resort in general support users with congestion monitoring and basic navigational hints. Smart Ski Goggles is aiming to enhance the visitor experience while skiing on the mountain.
The experiment builds upon the outcomes of a field study conducted during the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2013 by the competence centre for mobile communication and innovation evolaris. The experimentation will implement an application for the Oakley Airwave digital data goggle displaying and processing information, which was found most useful by skiers in a real-life test. Thus the Smart Ski Goggles app will integrate real-time information about current load and basic navigation for lifts, slopes and hospitality points of interest in the ski area, as well as social media features. Current temperature, actual weather forecasts and avalanche warnings will be implemented in the app to keep the users well informed about the current conditions on the slope.