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SKEO

Bode Miller’s new smart skiing system. Platform and wearable tech tracks 105 things about your skiing
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Details

  • Scope Software development kit in iOS and Android for the ski sensors, wearables, customer’s application in Flutter, QA
  • Timeframes Ongoing since October 2019
  • Innovation App performance management, real-time configuration with Leanplum
  • Technologies Swift, Kotlin, Flutter
  • Business sector Health & Beauty
  • Model of collaboration Time & Material
  • iteo Team 4 x Native developers
    6 x Flutter developers
    1 x UI Designer
    1 x Project Manager / Business Analyst
    2 x Quality Assurance engineers

Revolutionizing idea of an advanced digital ski platform brought to life in collaboration with Bode Miller, the Olympic and World Ski Championship gold medalist, and Dr. Martin Kawalski’s, CEO of Swiss startup Snowcookie Sports.

Timeline

  • 2020
    August

    Works on native software development kits (SDK)

    September

    Flutter App development

    December

    First freemium release (MVP)

  • 2021
    Jan – Feb

    Working on the hardware support

    Feb – Mar

    Social login and challenges

    March

    Integration with Strava

  • Project’s highlights

    Other apps focus only on a skier’s performance, monitoring basic metrics such as speed, distance, and elevation. SKEO offers more than that – it focuses on understanding the whole chain of events a skier goes through, proving that technology and analytics are able to effectively transform the ski industry.

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    Business needs & goals

    A large group of beginners is not satisfied with their skiing lessons and up to even 70 or 80 percent of them quit at the early stages of their training. It means that for every 10 people who try out skiing, 7 or 8 will resign.

    Both Bode and Martin were disappointed with the underappreciation of their favorite sport and saw an opportunity to change it. They wanted to create a free platform being a training solution for skiers on every stage of advancement. It was supposed to help them measure their performance, improve their skills, check each others’ statistics, and gain access to useful coaching tips, being highly accessible at the same time. Everyone would be able to download the app on their phone.

    Additionally, there was going to be a possibility of upgrading the experience by using three wearable sensors – one on each ski and one on the chest.

    Our ultimate goal is to deliver cutting edge technology that not only educates skiers on their technique but also inspires them to level up if they’re eager to improve. Many skiers hit the slopes for fun but don’t fully understand what they’re doing or why especially when it comes to body position and safety… SKEO aims to change that by democratizing ski assessment and instruction for all.

    Functionality

    Universal Alpine Ranking (UAR)

    Developed by Bode Miller is a scoring ranking with a baseline metric to evaluate the user’s performance based on
    a personal survey and data acquired during actual skiing.

    Comprehensive run stats

    Allow users to track their individual speed, turns, pace, vertical, mileage, and G-force with every slide.

    Quest challenges

    For successful development, quests are applied to the elements that need to be improved and are adjusted individually to the user’s abilities.

    3D avatar

    The app was integrated with a visual depiction of the skier’s position based on the gathered movement analysis and helping provide professional feedback.

    Community engagement

    It lets the users follow each other within the app depending on their location and personal privacy preferences. They can compare the results and challenge one another to boost their overall performance.

    Body positioning

    It’s a feature available for skiers who train with sensor hardware. It uses a mountain simulator to record ski tracks and provide valuable feedback on edge angle and body positioning. The information is shown both in a form of data and 3D avatar video. It’s great when it comes to improving one’s speed and maximally controlling the position of the body.

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    Technologies

    Flutter

    Developed by Bode Miller is a scoring ranking with a baseline metric to evaluate the user’s performance based on a personal survey and data acquired during actual skiing.

    Native libraries – Swift & Kotlin

    Swift allowed us to provide robust performance, seamless synchronization, and appealing design. The language is known for its speed and clean, safe code allowing us to create a spot-on product for iPhones.

    Kotlin was our choice for Android. We used it for its concise code, safety, productivity, compatibility, and easy maintenance.

    Innovation

    Universal Alpine Ranking (UAR)

    It provides an objective ranking system which is able to evaluate skiers on different levels of advancement – from first-timers to World Cup Racers. The app gathers data about users’ performance and technique and ranks them from 1 to 100. The evaluation changes along with the skier’s performance – after taking part in various quests and collecting points.

    UAR consists of 3 elements – survey, initial assessment, and regular quests completion, as well as progression.

    It measures

    • Maximum speed, average speed, and maximum G-force resistance
    • Total and average distance skied and Vertical Drop Quests
    • Upper body position, lateral balance, and hip angulation
    • Ratio of long to short turns, time spent in turns, turn “streaks”, and turn initiation
    • Slope incline and vertical drop

    Challenges & solutions

    Sensors development

    We developed dedicated sensors that can be connected to the SKEO app to provide better and more accurate analysis and UAR measurements. A very important aspect of this project was to keep modular, layered architecture, respecting the technology stack needed on each layer.

    The project is built of modules written in native mobile languages to provide native access to low-level system interfaces. Application also integrates Unity modules and Algorithms written natively in C++.

    The kit includes:

    • 3 SKEO sensors
    • 2 adhesive ski mounts
    • 1 chest harness

    Complexity and background operations

    The app supports customers using tablets which requires responsive app views behaviour. Depending on the device size, we automatically scale views to the specific screen size or, in special cases, rearrange view elements to make them more user friendly.

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    UI design

    The graphic layer of SKEO was quite a challenge. Client requirements were to show as much data as possible while maintaining the greatest possible readability. Thanks to the white interface combined with snowy colors, we’re sure that we achieved that. We wanted to create something user-friendly, easy and as intuitive as possible. Thanks to the great cooperation of our teams, and the implementation of a 3D avatar within the app, we have created a truly unconventional product that will be perfect for skiers and other people associated with this group.

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    Quality assurance

    We started the testing process by recognizing the project’s specifications. Our team received sensors coworking with the mobile application, but because the client tested the equipment’s performance before, we focused on connectivity tests. We verified how the app behaves when it loses bluetooth connection with sensors and how they react in such a situation. Additionally, we needed to check the correctness of pairing the device with sensors and if the launched app connects automatically to the paired device when it’s activated.

    Developers supported the QA team in simulating the product’s performance in real-life conditions which allowed verifying the mobile app’s behavior. The tests were performed on Android and iOS – we verified all the functionalities and current updates to newest versions.

    Reviews

    Love the potential and data that it tracks for each run. Eager to use the app that seems like it will keep me motivated. Looking forward to seeing what tips it offers!
    It’s cool to SEE HOW YOU SKI! We had a lot of fun exploring the amazing features the SKEO app provides. We can’t wait to spend more days on snow with the cookies!
    What a fun and invigorating new tool to hone in the turns. I found myself trying harder just knowing I was monitoring myself!

    Outcome

    The app is appreciated by users and experts – it gets positive opinions and reviews in both the world of technology and sports, providing skiers with thorough analysis of their efforts and helping them enhance their skills.

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