NEW ELECTRONIC SKI BINDINGS INCREASE SPEED IN CROSS-COUNTRY TRAILS.
Norwegians continue to take the lead in the sport of skiing. This time it’s through a new electronic ski binding that can change position on the go – and is controlled via a remote control in the pole. The concept has been developed by Rottefella in partnership with Semcon in Norway. The finished product will be introduced to the market in 2018.
All cross-country skiers are looking for the best possible grip uphill and the best glide downhill. The position of the binding has a great impact and can already be adjusted today, but only once the skier takes off their skis. This gave Rottefella the idea for a new kind of electronic binding that can be moved during skiing; forwards for a better grip, and backwards for a faster glide.
Semcon contributed both broad technical knowledge and its processes and expertise in innovation to make the concept come to life.
“The binding makes elite skiers more effective in the trail, but also increases skiing pleasure for ordinary ski enthusiasts who can enjoy better control and grip as they ski. As a passionate skier and engineer, this has been a dream project for me,” says Odd Øystein Ra, Project Manager at Semcon.
The technical solution consists of tiny motors controlled via Bluetooth from a remote control in the pole. The binding can be adjusted remotely by up to 50 mm.
“Our extensive experience of product development in cross-country skiing and ski bindings combined with Semcon’s technical expertise has made it possible to create a groundbreaking new product,” says Øyvar Svendsen, R&D Manager at Rottefella.
Rottefella will now work with Norautron in the process leading to the finished product, which will be produced locally in Norway. The new binding will be introduced to the market in 2018.
For more information, please contact:
Hans Peter Havdal, General Manager, Semcon, Norway
Tel.: +47 920 65 690
Semcon is an international technology company that develops products based on human needs and behaviours. We strengthen our customers’ competitiveness by always starting from the end user, because the person who knows most about the user’s needs creates the best products and the clearest benefits to humans. Semcon collaborates mainly with companies in the automotive, industry, energy and life science sectors. With more than 2,000 specialised employees, Semcon has the ability to take care of the entire product development cycle, from strategy and technology development to design and product information. Semcon was founded in Sweden in 1980 and has offices in over 30 locations in eight different countries. In 2016, the Group reported annual sales of SEK 1.8 billion. Read more on www.semcon.se