Wednesday, October 23, 2013

More on boards (part 2 of 2) what the world need?

So perhaps the height of a Floorball board is not the uttermost critical dimension we have? We discussed this subject in part 1. And if the top of a for instance 10 centimeter lower Floorball board was designed with a rounded top - almost looking like a lightbulb...
Public domain illustration
The inner rounding of this top on a rink system would not just slightly help the ball to stay in place it could also be designed in a soft crash friendly material to protect both the boards themselves and maybe players too?

But if we really want to do something good well then we probably have to think in some new ways.
Let's say we want Floorball boards with significantly lower environmental impact. OK. Then we want Floorball boards that are a bit more lightweight to save on handling and shipping expenses too - and in more cost efficient ways ship boards to new continents - and we therefore want Floorball boards that use way less material. That is why we have been chasing the hight of them boards we have. OK. Then the cost of a new set of regulated boards... Why not aim to set a goal, as some folks have done to produce the world's cheapest computer or something? Let's say a low cost IFF certified but alternative system, should cost at the point of delivery like maximum 40% of todays current costs? Is that possible? We do not know.

Did you ever dismantle your Klippan coach from IKEA and did you discover that it was mainly made out of paper or cardboard material? Still maybe not cheap enough. But some recycled versions of cardboard do offer a very good and low environmental impact. The back draw with cardboard constructions is that they are not too water resistant. Well, if not treated right.

Now you look at this

Izhar cardboard bike project from Cardboard Technologies on Vimeo.

So if he can put a bicycle together from cardboard? Should not someone be able to build a 100% revolutionary environmentally focused low cost board system for Floorball? Maybe we are wrong - but at least we try to explore things.

Izhar, in this movie, said early on that cardboard can be made as strong as carbon fiber and they also said that a cardboard bike would cost 20 dollars. The reality has however caught up to them and today the price is about 10 times as high and it seems like the crowd funding for this bike project is struggling. More details here from Fast Company

But is not boards for Floorball a much more low tech application? And the idea to use recycled material must be tempting to more people than just us?
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Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!