Garmin Interactive Ski Pass Mock-up


One of my university modules involved designing a communication device for a specific user group. I decided to design an interactive ski pass which would incorporate voice transmission like walkie-talkies. This photograph shows me interviewing my target audience in a ski resort bar. This formed part of my primary research and helped set the scene.

User Group Demographics

Using my interview and other forms of primary and secondary research I summarised my user groups attributes using Adobe InDesign. I produced a couple of documents which outlined what they wanted and needed from the product idea to help form a robust design brief.

Early Development

While I was skiing I took the opportunity to create some sketch models out of the basic materials I could find during my trip to help influence my design and development. This was extremely useful to help understand the positioning of features and devise dimensions.

CAD Modelling

Once I returned from skiing I used SolidWorks to create a mock-up interactive ski pass. I decided that the product could be manufactured by a company like Garmin due to their technical capabilities and then leased out to groups of off-piste skiing enthusiasts. This could be through a serviced based company like mark-warner to expand their portfolio into products.

Features & Functions

The Off-Piste Ski Pass includes easy and hands-free connectivity through NFC and voice controls to pair and communicate to others over the mountains. When visibility is poor It can warn you when you’re approaching the end of a ski lift. The device includes a tacking feature in case of an emergency to alert the supplier and mountain rescue services. Smartphones can also be paired so that it can use its wireless data to give feedback about surroundings and to play music over a group call.

Standalone Presentation

I created a standalone presentation as part of the project to explain a scenario of how the user group would interact with the product. It outlines how the device could be transformed from a concept into a realistic product using today’s technology.

3D Printed Model

Using my 3D printer, I printed each component and created a scale model so that my user group could give feedback on my design.