Warming up to skate

25 January 2008

Sounds odd, but if an ice skate’s blades are warm, the friction between ice and blade is reduced, improving skating.

This blade from Therma Blade can be fitted to an ice-hockey skating boot. The heat is controlled by Cypress Semiconductor’s PsoC CapSense, turning it on or off using touch-sensitive controls, instead of mechanical buttons that are vulnerable to damage – especially in the ice-hockey rink! It heats the blade and powers down the electronic heating system during inactivity (i.e when an errant player is spending time in the ‘sin bin’ during the game!) to extend battery life. The device is waterproof, again ideal for the ice rink, but also for one and off controls in white goods, such as washing machines and dishwashers, as well as industrial equipment.

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