BCIT asks, “How do you make hockey skates ‘smarter’?”


How do you make hockey skates “smarter”? That was the question BLUR Hockey owner Scott McMillan posed to the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). After having worked for six years with the Adidas Innovation Team, Scott wanted to pursue his own innovative idea—a hockey skate that would track player stride, gait, timing, and balance. By capturing this data, players would be able to optimize their performance, gaining a competitive edge. BCIT applied researchers ran with this idea, working with BLUR Hockey to create an initial prototype and gain additional funding. That prototype and the resulting funding gave Scott the boost he needed to take his idea to the next level, exploring small-scale production, player testing and further motion analysis.

At BCIT, applied research teams provide practical solutions to industry challenges, producing unique, commercially relevant products, processes, and applications. We work with industry partners at every stage of the manufacturing process—from supporting an independent entrepreneur with an idea for a unique prototype to developing a new technology for an established company. Our focus on innovation has been a monumental success: BCIT placed fifth in Research Infosource’s 2015 ranking of the top 50 research colleges in Canada. Our industry partnerships also create practical learning opportunities for students, paving the way for their future career success.

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