The idea of making smart sports equipment has been around within SENSORICA for more than one year (see this communication from SENSORICA general mailing list for example - members only). After Ivan came back from Russia we arranged a meeting with David Pearsall, a professor at McGill (see website). This meeting took place on Monday, June 11, 2012, in David's lab at McGill University, in Montreal, Canada. Ivan, Francois, Tibi and Jonathan were present, David was accompanied by one of his research assistants. We showed the following presentation.
After the meeting David and his research assistant were open to collaboration. We agreed to take one of their hockey sticks, subject of their studies, and to put our force sensors on it, as a first step in our collaboration.
A few days after the meeting Tibi sent this (members only) announcement to the SENSORICA group about the meeting.