Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Want to work on your glide angle?


















Wouldn't it make life a bit easier if you had a body worn device while flying your wingsuit that gave you an audible cue on your glide angle?

Well, that's exactly what Dropzone.com user crwper is working on.

The device, which measures a tiny 50 x 50 x 20mm, connects to a Garmin Bluetooth GPD and uses velocity data to calculate the users glide angle. This is then converted into a periodic tone, the pitch of which varies depending on the glide angle.

By plugging in a pair of in-ear headphones to the built in jack, the user will be able to hear the tone in freefall providing them with near instantaneous feedback on the users true glide angle.

crwper is still working on the prototype, but thinks once complete the unit will retail at the staggeringly cheap sub $200 mark.


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