If you’re into extreme sports, and you’d like a gadget to show you after the ride exactly how far you travelled, and how radical your ride was, then take a look at the ShadowBox.
You simply attach the ShadowBox to your extreme sport equipment of choice hit record, and then…. aaah, shred. Then back home you watch your ride in 3D modelling on your computer, or upload to Google Earth.
Or, if you want to show off, soon you’ll be able to upload your ride to the ShadowBox website, and send the file to another ShadowBox owner.
The ShadowBox records:
Height, distance, hang time and speed of tricks
Degrees of spin, roll and flip of each trick
Spin rate of tricks
Launch angle for tricks
G-Forces and board angle at any point in the ride
Speed at any point during the ride, plus the ride’s average speed
3D modelling video
Here’s a 3D model video of a couple of wakeboarding tricks:
Sports selectable on the ShadowBox include wakeboarding, snow boarding, kite boarding, windsurfing, wake surfing, wake surfing, hydro foiling, sailing and downhill skiing. Soon to added to the ShadowBox are kayaking, motocross, mountain biking, cycling, parachuting, paragliding and hang gliding.
The battery gives you around 4 or 5 hours of recording, and the internal storage holds approximately 10 hours of ride data. The screen and case are built tough, to withstand the cold, plus dirt, mud and sand, and immersion in salt and fresh water.
The ShadowBox dimensions are 91 x 59 x 19 mm, and it weighs 120 grams.
ShadowBox price and availability
The ShadowBox costs has an RRP of US$499, and is available from the ShadowBox online store. It’s been pretty popular, and is currently out of stock, but you can pre-order one when they come back online.
That price is for the standard Shadow Box pack only, mounts specific to certain sports are available separately. In the basic package is the Shadow Box, leash, mounting boot with 4 mounting feet, attached double-stick tape pieces, extra mounting feet with double stick tape pieces, 3-arm Knob/Thumbscrew, 6 Wake Plate and Mounting Boot Screws (Size 6/32, 5/16″), mini-USB to USB cord, car charger, memory foam case, user manual, and 2 stickers.
UPDATE 23 April, 2012 – It seems the ShadowBox store has gone offline, so the link to it has been removed until further notice.