Doug Hill, our Springfree Trampoline Managing Director and Engineering Leader shares the high-tech elements of the world’s first Smart Trampoline™…
“Let’s be clear: no one has really done anything like this before. Can you think of a piece of consumer electronics that is designed to:
“I actually can’t think of one – except tgoma. The system is built to IP67 waterproof spec. To do that in the application we had to use some German manufactured mechanical components made to military specs.
“It's expensive to make this thing work, keep working, all outside and in harm’s way!
“The sensors have to be waterproofed via plastic encasement, yet to work have to be manufactured with less than a degree of “production shift” in tolerance.
“A tablet holder system had to be developed that could be mobile so it could be shifted around the trampoline enclosure to account for the changing positon of the sun and its impact on screen visibility.
“And once all the technical and functional design was done, you had to look at the human interface and figure out how to shape and install all the parts on a moving, dynamic system that represented no risk to the user – we are after all the world’s safest (not just smartest) trampoline.
“Our data cables have to be able to work next to lawnmowers, chainsaws, and all the various types of workshop equipment that lives in garages, and ensure the data integrity of the signals delivered by the sensors. EMI/RFI compliance was hard, but the guys did it.” – Doug Hill.
So when you put the whole story of tgoma together, it is a story of feeling, and listening to, the need from our customers (you can read that part of the story here: The Story of tgoma – the Idea that Brought the Smart Trampoline to Life), working together to kick off a project, patience and daring.
Patience to keep investing, patience from our factory when the manufactured design kept changing, patience from our software development partners when our users kept demanding a different experience than they were normally asked to deliver, patience throughout the whole development of the technology and the app (read this part of the story here: (Inside tgoma: the Makings of the App).
And daring to keep going through this whole process, to commit to passion and the idea of the world’s first smart trampoline. Needless to say, it all paid off, with award-winning Springfree featuring tgoma, and the creation of a whole new way to play outside.