Thermablade

先月から、YouTubeで流れている Thermablade ですが、ブレードが氷の表面を滑るのは接地面が解けて抵抗が無くなるから・・・と言う事で、ブレードをバッテリーで暖める技術開発した新ブレードです。ホームページはホッケーブレードだけのようですが、これはスピード命のアスリートなら目が離せ無いブレードでしょう。

A revolutionary new heated skate blade has been on store shelves since October of 2007. Technology is about to meet tradition!

Heated Skate Blades: Will heated blades revolutionize hockey?

Thermablade
Thermablades use a rechargeable battery and a microprocessor within each skate blade to maintain a temperature of 5 C. The warm blade increases the thickness of the water layer between the blade and the ice surface, and the company says its tests have shown this reduces gliding friction and starting resistance for skaters.

Testing of revolutionary new heated hockey skate blade
by Therma Blade exceeds performance expectations


Therma Blade Inc. set to launch heated skate blade
in fall with help from hockey legend Wayne Gretzky


SAINTE-FOY, Quebec (Sept. 5, 2007) - Canadian skate blade maker Therma Blade Inc., which is set to launch a revolutionary heated skate blade to the North American market later this year, says formal physiological testing and on-ice tests of its heated blades under game conditions have produced outstanding results.

Double blind studies performed during the summer to assess physiological benefits revealed reduced heart rates, lower oxygen demand and lower lactic acid production among players using the heated skate blades. Overall benefits translated into a physiological advantage equivalent to about 10% over conventional skate blades as a result of increased stamina and reduced fatigue.

Performance tests of the heated blades also revealed that starting friction was reduced by 65% to 75%, sliding friction was lowered by 50% to 55% and vibration was reduced by about 50%.

On-ice testing of Thermablades involved more than 100 elite amateurs and recreational players, with testing conducted under both controlled and game conditions. Player feedback gathered has been "more than encouraging" as Therma Blade Inc. prepares for a fall launch to retailers, said spokesman Sam McCoubrey.

"Our testing included player surveys that asked about speed, edge control, smoothness and acceleration and what we've been hearing from players is even better than what we hoped for and proves unquestionably what we already believe - that heated blades are the next wave in hockey skate technology," said McCoubrey.

In surveys conducted following ongoing testing that concludes in September, 85% of players said the Thermablades were significantly smoother to skate on than conventional blades; 68% said they skated further with less effort; about 61% said they accelerated more quickly; 63% said they felt less fatigue while playing.

Invented and developed in Canada and manufactured in Quebec, Thermablades are technologically advanced skate blades that use electronics and a micro processor to heat the blade, thereby reducing friction between the blade and ice surface. The new product, an aftermarket blade that attaches to any conventional hockey skate boot, is to be launched to the retail market in the fall with help from hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, McCoubrey added.

"We are on track to introduce an entirely new skate blade technology that we believe is going to change the game of hockey," he said. "The technology works – it enhances skating performance and has no negative impact on the ice surface at all. It is definitely a breakthrough for the skating industry and the game of hockey."

ABOUT THERMA BLADE INC.
Canadian skate blade maker Therma Blade Inc. is a Quebec-based manufacturer of

heated skate blade technology that was invented by Alberta resident Tory Weber. Thermablades are technologically advanced skate blades that use battery powered electrical energy to slightly heat the skate blade, thereby increasing the layer of water between the blade and the ice surface and reducing friction at the ice surface. Thermablades have several proven physiological and performance benefits for hockey players, including a dramatic reduction in gliding friction and starting resistance, an overall increase in stamina and an overall decrease in fatigue. More information on the product is available online at www.thermablade.com.

For more information, please contact:
Sam McCoubrey
Therma Blade Inc.
514.362.8989 ext.356
sam@thermablade.com

Shane Matte
Porter Novelli Canada
416.422.7185
shane.matte@porternovelli.com
Thermablade: www.thermablade.com
Pro SKate: Thermablade Press Release

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Thermablades are new hockey skate blades designed to electronically heat the ice and increase the water layer between the blade and ice, thereby reducing friction and improving performance.

Heated Skates Will 'Revolutionize Hockey'

In the world of competitive sports, any technical advantage is applauded and welcomed with open arms. Fatigue, speed and resistance are key factors in separating the men from the boys in competitive hockey and a new heated blade promises the edge.

It all started one day when he slipped and fell on ice. Canada's Tory Weber left his shoes on a heater and went outside to get the paper when he realized his warm shoes were much slipperier than usual. After taking a spill, Weber decided to find out what would happen if you heat a skate blade.

Five years later, and with a reported $5-million invested in the project, ThermaBlade has launched its new heated skate technology across North America. Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky is already touting the technology, and Reuters recently reported the Great One is an investor in the company.

Gretzky says the skates "are going to revolutionize hockey."

The battery-powered skate blade heats the ice surface up to about 4 or 5 degrees Celsius, which the company says can reduce resistance, increase a skater's stamina and deliver faster acceleration, tighter turns and increased control.

The blades are sold for $399 a pair, and they attach to a hockey player's existing boot. The company says skaters can expect a battery life of a minimum of 75 minutes.

NHL players to use heated blade

The Canadian Press (Oct. 16, 2007)
A select handful of NHL players are about to begin using heated skate blades produced by a Verdun, Que., company to enhance performance.

Thermablades use a rechargeable battery and a microprocessor within each skate blade to maintain a temperature of 5 C. The warm blade increases the thickness of the water layer between the blade and the ice surface, and the company says its tests have shown this reduces gliding friction and starting resistance for skaters.

''The NHL is very interested in confirming the data provided by Therma Blade Inc. to establish the safety and reliability of the blade under NHL game conditions and we have agreed to allow a small group of players to test these blades in practices over the next few weeks,'' says Kris King, the NHL's senior manager of hockey operations.

Six to 10 players will try them first. If there are no glitches, the blades then would begin appearing in NHL games.

King says once he receives from the company a list of players who want to participate, he and Stu Grimson of the NHL Players' Association will review it and decide who'll be asked to wear the blades.

Wayne Gretzky was so impressed with Thermablades when he tried them more than three years ago that he invested in the company.

''I should still be playing,'' a smiling Gretzky said while skating on the blades for video shown during the product launch at the Hockey Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

The head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes says he wishes his players could get them first because Thermablades will ''revolutionize the game of hockey.''

The blades will be available in specialty stores in Canada at $399.99 retail. Buyers will have to get the blades installed on their skate boots and only adult sizes will be available at the start.

''We are at the crossroads of hockey history,'' stated Therma Blade Inc. president Patrick Francey.

Inventor Tory Weber, the company's founder, brought his prototype model along with him and described how he, quite accidentally, came up with the original idea in 1985. At the time, he was a student who also worked in a Calgary lumberyard.

''I had just finished taking a class in thermodynamics,'' he explained. ''It was a cold February evening and I had my running shoes sitting on the heat register next to the front door.

''I slid my running shoes on, opened the door up, and there was frost on the stairs. When my hot running shoes hit that icy step, I went flying backwards and fell on my can.

''Over the next couple of days as I was nursing myself back to health I thought, `I wonder what would happen if we did the same thing to a skate blade? If we heated a skate blade, would we get that same reduction in friction?'

''Sure enough, here we are.''

The prototype - an extension cord plugged into a home-made device on a blade - was given to the Hockey Hall of Fame during the news conference.

''Back then, the technology was too big to encompass it in a skate blade,'' Weber explained.

Time marched on and technological advances led to the current product.

''We were patient and stayed with it,'' Weber added.

The NHLPA welcomes trials for the heated blades.

''There is a lot of interest among players throughout the NHL right now to see how Thermablade performs under game conditions,'' says Grimson, the union's associate counsel.

The charged battery in each blade will last for about two games. Fingers placed on sensors on either side of the rear of the plastic blade holder for three seconds activates the battery to warm the blade. The system automatically turns off when a player is idle on the bench, and the energy of returning to the ice reactivates the system. The system is turned off by repeating the process used to turn it on.

Weber used an analogy to explain just what Thermablades do.

''Put an ice cube in your hand and the ice cube slides around in the palm of your hand and that's because the heat from your hand melts the ice cube,'' he said. ''The layer of water between your hand and the ice cube allows the ice cube to slide around.

''It's the same principle with the skate blade. The heated blade creates a thin film of water between the ice and the blade and acts as a lubricant.''

Weber said he was never much of a hockey player.

''I just loved the game, but I was a run-of-the-mill player,'' he said.
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