In modern sailboats, a student can learn with the guidance of an instructor who sits beside them and can take control of the vessel as needed. In kiteboarding, which is another form of sailing, the instructor and student are separated by a distance making this “hand-over-hand” training impossible.
Our approach has been to explore alternative modes of communication between the instructor and student to provide guidance using non-verbal directional cues.
This research is conducted by HCI researchers who are avid kiteboarders recognizing the potential of digital technologies as a means to support beginners and experienced riders in this growing extreme sport. We have been working closely with kiteboarding instructors, riders, and manufacturers in the development of functional prototypes.
We thank the CrazyFly Kiteboarding company for their input and support!
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