Have you ever paddled a kayak in the ocean? Well, if you have you know it is hard work and your stomach muscles, pecks, and arms hurt like hell afterwards. Oh and if you are not doing it right, your butt is sore, your legs ache, and your back hurts – basically you are toast, not to mention the sunburn you’ll have to deal with if you try this on a sunny day.
Once you are out there battling the waves, and once you get out a ways, there is no quitting, you still have to get back in, or allow the current and tide to take you where it will, and usually that is not where you want to go. Yes, let’s talk, because it would be nice if we could make this grueling sport just a little easier.
First, I’d like to tell you about a new technology I read about online, and then I’d like to see if we could enhance these features to help us in the sport of kayaking even more because what these researchers have come up with is pretty decent, and I think there are even more applications than once thought – I want to explore this new sporting concept with you for a few moments.
In Gizmag there was an interesting article titled; “World’s first Kayak Power Meter brings bike-like metering to paddlers,” by C.C. Weiss posted on July 19, 2013. These kayak paddles help the rower understand when the peak output of force is and allows the rower to adjust to help them conserve energy and remain efficient. Okay, now that is really cool, but I have another idea;
Let’s make these kayak paddles morphable, and get them to turn slightly to help them ease into the water and then out of the water on each stroke using haptic sensors and simple algorithms. Now then, when the paddle enters the water we want the absolute least amount of resistance, cutting into butter at a sharp angle, then once in the water the paddle gets ready for the power stroke, where the rower is producing the most power based on the rowers geometry, ergonomics, strength, and water resistance.
Then as that power slows and start to taper off, the paddle morphs into the perfect shape to shoot it out of the water with the least resistance, helping the rower pull it back into position quickly for the next stroke in the most efficient manner possible. The reality is we already have all the math to get this done, we already have sophisticated CADCAM fluid dynamic software, morphing materials, and this company listed above seems to have everything else we need to make this happen. So, please consider all this and think on it.