Looks like the conspiracy theorists are all over this one:
Looks like the conspiracy theorists are all over this one:
Won't this make the ice even crappier by the end of a period ?
I found some pics on canoe....
Thermablades inventor Tory Weber of Calgary poses with his product at its introduction at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Tuesday Oct. 16, 2007. Weber is about to launch a battery-heated blade he says will revolutionize the way hockey is played. He has the backing of Wayne Gretzky, too. NHL players will begin testing the blades in practices next week and will likely soon be using them in games.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are Thermablades?
A: Thermablades are a unique new hockey skate blade that is electronically heated and which has been proven to improve skating performance by reducing friction between the blade and ice surface. Developed by Therma Blade Inc. of Quebec, the blades are a thrilling breakthrough in skating technology and one that is sure to have a remarkable impact on the game of hockey.
Q: How do Thermablades work?
A: Thermablades maintain a temperature of approximately 5 degrees Celsius, using a small battery and microprocessor stored within the skate blade holder. The warm blade acts to increase the thickness of the water layer between the blade and ice surface, reducing starting friction by 65%-75%, sliding friction by 50%-55% and vibration by approximately 50%. The reduced friction translates into an overall reduction in effort for the skater of approximately 10%. Thermablades allow skaters to skate faster and harder using relatively less energy.
Q: What role does Wayne Gretzky play in the development of this product?
A: Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky is a shareholder in this new company and has spoken publicly about the fact that he expects Therma Blades to eventually be in use in the NHL.
Q: When I’m standing still will my blades sink into the ice?
A: No. The blade is kept at a maximum temperature of 5 degrees Celsius. A good analogy would be to compare placing your hand (which is 32 degrees Celsius) flat on the ice surface for an extended period of time. Your hand does not melt through or into the ice - it simply becomes colder. This is because your hand is not heating up the ice - the ice is drawing heat from your hand.
Q: Do Thermablades damage the ice surface or have a impact on the ice that cold blades do not?
Thermablades have absolutely no negative impact on the skating surface at all.
Q: How durable are the electronics?
A: Extensive tests, both on the ice and in the lab, have been completed to ensure our design can withstand the rigours of the game of hockey.
Q: What happens if my blades get excessively wet?
A: Therma Blade has developed a design that completely waterproofs the critical electronic components within sealed overmoulded materials.
Q: Can I sharpen my Thermablade skate blades?
A: Absolutely. Thermablades are sharpened in exactly the same manner as a regular stainless steel skate blade.
Q: How many times can I sharpen my Thermablade skate blades?
A: Thermablade skate blades are designed to provide as many sharpenings as other standard premium blades. Results will vary depending on the skate technician that is sharpening your skates.
Q: What happens if one of my blades stop working during play?
A: If your battery becomes fully discharged during play, the worst that will happen is you will be skating on a normal pair of skate blades.
Q: Are Thermablade skate blades heavier?
A: When installed on hockey boots, our design, including battery and electronics, results in an increase of less than 10% when compared to the lightest skates on the market. Our tests have shown that this small increase in weight is negligible compared to the significant performance improvements.
Q: Will the battery be destroyed if it is overcharged or left plugged in too long?
A: No. The charger unit will shut off automatically when the blades are fully charged.
Q: How long will batteries last when they’re charged?
A: The blade is intelligent and knows when you’re on the ice and it cycles off when you are on the bench. With a minimum of 70 minutes of power, each player will get sufficient battery power through a full practice and well into multiple overtime periods of a game situation. If you start to see a dramatic reduction in battery life, it might be time to replace the batteries.
Q: How can the Thermablade battery last so long?
A: The skate blades are “smart” and know when you are on and off the ice. The blades maintain a constant temperature, turning the blades on when you step on the ice and putting the blades in stand by mode when you are on the bench.
Q: Where do I dispose of the skate's old battery?
A: Simply go to any authorized Thermablade dealer and they’ll take care of disposing of the battery according to the guidelines of the RBRC (Rechargable Recycling Battery Corporation).
Q: How will Therma Blade be made available to the consumer market? Will it be part of a skate or an aftermarket product?
A: Thermablades are an aftermarket product that users can obtain to replace the existing blades on their hockey skates by visiting an authorized Therma Blade retailer. Details on our growing retailer network can be found on the Therma Blade Web site www.thermablade.com.
Q: How much do Thermablades cost?
A: A pair of Thermablades will retail for $399 in Canada and in the U.S.
Q: Are Thermablades a homegrown, all-Canadian product?
A: Thermablades were been invented, designed and engineered by Canadians who love the game of hockey and the product will be manufactured in Canada.
Q: In what countries are Thermablades available?
A: Thermablades will be available Canada and in the U.S. starting in the Fall of 2007.
The Thermablade Story
How one Alberta hockey nut went out for the
morning paper and came back with a really hot idea!
Canada's own Therma Blade Inc. was established in 2001 by a small group of hockey-loving Canadians who shared the same vision - to introduce a revolutionary heated skate blade design to the world's fastest game.
Like many inventions of note, the birth of Thermablade technology did not come easily. In fact, the entire process got off to a somewhat painful start for the heated skate blade's inventor, Tory Weber. It was back in 1985 that Tory, an Alberta native, first had the uncomfortable notion of what could happen by combining heat, ice and hockey skates. His first clue came while stepping outside the house on a wintry Calgary morning to fetch the day's newspaper.
Grabbing his running shoes from their perch on a space heater, Weber stepped outside onto an icy stairway and tumbled to the frozen Calgary tundra with a thud that left him icing down a bruised leg - and a hunch that the hot soles of his runners had somehow made those icy steps a bit more slippery than usual.
Tory set out to prove his hunch was correct - that a warm surface faces less resistance and friction on ice than a cold surface - and cobbled together the first Thermablade prototype, a skate blade attached to a blue electrical extension cord. "Testing" took place in Tory's lab - his kitchen! - with the hot blade being dragged across fresh sheets of ice that Tory created easily enough by filling cookie-making trays with water and freezing them.
Tory soon realized that his theory held water - or ice, in this case - and the rest is hockey history. It was a long journey on the product development and R&D trail spanning three decades and countless pairs of test skates. But Tory and his winning team of partners who joined forces in 2001 - Patrick Francey, Francois Whittom and Dhiren Master - eventually developed a series of patents for a unique heated blade design.
Tory's bench strength was raised a notch or two when in 2005 his skate blade caught the attention of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, who like everyone else on Team Thermablade today is a true believer that heated blades are the way of the future for the game of hockey.
Tory's electric-powered prototype now sits in the Hockey Hall of Fame, Tory's family has their kitchen back, and a revolution in skate blade technology is about to begin.
The History of the Ice Skate
While today the mention of "ice skates" evokes images of hockey players chasing pucks or Olympic athletes racing against the clock, the origins of the skate are related to a much more practical need: transportation.
Believe it or not, the oldest known pair of ice skates are believed to date back to the year 3000 B.C. Discovered at the bottom of a lake in Switzerland, these "skates"
were actually crafted from the bones of large animals and laced onto the foot with leather straps. The Dutch word for skate is actually "Schenkel," meaning "leg bone."
These prehistoric skates were likely used to traverse frozen lakes during winter months, particularly in places like Scandinavia and the Netherlands, where people needed a way to travel on frozen canals and waterways in winter.
It is believed that skating took on a more recreational purpose during the middle ages and by the 1400s, the Dutch had developed pairs of wooden platforms to replace the "bones prototype."
A narrow, double-edged iron blade first emerged around the 1500s, allowing users to push and glide more easily than ever across ice. It also eliminated the need for the use of poles - similar to ski poles - that were a necessity with the much less-stable wooden blades.
By the 1850s and 1860s, skating was really catching on around the world. Skating rinks began appearing in London, Vienna, New York and Toronto. Skating was seen as something anyone could take part in. With the rise of skating's popularity, the first all steel skates were introduced and attached directly to special leather boots. This innovation allowed greater stability and agility, making modern sports like ice hockey possible. It is this basic design that would remain the mould for future designs for the next 50 years.
Throughout the 20th century skate materials evolved to fit the demanding needs of recreational sports. Hockey skate designers began to experiment with tendon guards and ballistic nylon mesh (bullet-proof material) to increase protection and durability over traditional leather designs. By the late 1960s, plastic skate boots, similar to ski boots, appeared and became an instant success with some NHL players.
Hockey blades also transitioned during this period from the basic tube skate design of the 1920s to the Tuuk blade in 1978, which combined for the first time a stainless steel blade and a plastic blade holder. Heated blades now offer the next step in modern skate development, allowing athletes to skate faster and longer. For more information on Thermablade, please visit www.thermablade.ca. And Get Charged!
what Rinky you get a hard on for this **** or what?