Wednesday Aug 21, 2013

Could This Gadget Change Action Sports Forever?

Trace makes action sports measurable, sharable, and comparable. Track, compete, and share.

We know the feeling of getting barreled, landing a new trick or charging down a mountain will never change. This feeling keeps us coming back day after day. 

But what if there was a way to enhance our experience, learn more about our sessions, and share our stoke with the people we surf, skate, ski, and snowboard with?

Trace is a small, light, and durable, yet incredibly advanced piece of action sports technology. 

It combines the most advanced inertial sensors and GPS technology to give you detailed information about every session you have. 

Trace can identify a tre-flip down 10 stairs, detail every turn on a 100-yard Rincon right, and measure a backflip off a 20-foot kicker at Mammoth.


Trace will identify your tricks, track your speed, map out your lines, and more. 

  • How many kickflips did you land? 
  • How many tre flips?
  • How fast did you go? 
  • How high was that ollie? 
  • How well are you landing your tricks?
  • Trace is able to tell you all that and more


Trace will identify where you’re surfing, the waves you caught, speed, airs, turns, and more. 

  • How long were your rides?
  • How fast did you go?
  • How big were your airs? 
  • How sharp were you turns?
  • How many Calories did you burn?
  • Trace is able to tell you all that and more.


Trace identifies your resort, lifts, and trails, as well as your speed, vert, air, and more.

  • How many runs did you take? 
  • How much vert did you log? 
  • How many 360s did you land? 
  • How high/far were your airs?
  • Trace is able to tell you all that and more.

Trace consists of two parts: the data collection pod and the mount. Attach the mount to any hard surface like a board or helmet. Slide Trace in. Push a button and go. That’s it. It’s that simple. 

When you’re done with your session, Trace will connect with your smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0 and send the data to ActiveReplay servers for processing. Within seconds you’ll be able to see all of your data, beautifully laid out and easy to read on your phone. You’ll have options to share your #sessionsheets on Facebook and Twitter, and compare your performance on the leaderboard. 

Trace is small but it is a very sophisticated piece of technology. It has 9-axis sensors, advanced multi-Hz GPS, BT 4.0, and its own processor. Trace also has a rechargeable battery which will last 7 hours and charge through a water-tight micro-USB port.

Our Verdict..

This product is in the making, we love the concept and the idea of it but after reading articles and having countless discussions in the office we feel we need to give our general overview of this product.

Could this Gadget change action sports forever? 

There is no doubt that this gadget could be a great fun little toy to play with. However, we have a few concerns.

As a skater, one of the best feeling is sliding a rail, ledge or coping - with ‘trace’ being mounted to the bottom of your board surely this is going to eliminate this concept of the sport? The idea of counting kickflips, tre flips and stair sets and comparing them with the guys online is great! But what is to stop us from sticking a helmet cam in the same place on our board and actually watching the footage ourselves? 

Surfing. We love the idea of being able to check how fast you went, how big your air were and how sharp your turns were as long as all of the information is accurate, right?!

Snowboarding. Again, checking out your runs, speed and airs while enjoying the apres ski beers with you buddies would most definitely be awesome! However, we’ve all seen apps like this before that sit comfortable in your pocket and measure your distances and speeds - but the opportunity to view other riders progression in the same resort and resorts around you will definitely add an interesting feature that we haven't yet seen from the standard apps.

All in all this is a great idea - the fact that you can upload your sessions and compare your shreds to others is awesome. We think this gadget will be well worth a play with.

What do you think? Leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts!

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