Samsung Creates a Concept Surfboard That Displays Messages From a Smartphone

Andrew LaSane

From smartwatches or fitness trackers, to security systems and refrigerators, almost all of today's popular devices can be paired with a smartphone. According to The Verge, Samsung has taken that idea to a new level. The company created a concept surfboard for world champion surfer Gabriel Medina that allows him to get messages from his trainer, words of encouragement from Twitter fans, and updates on weather and surf conditions—all while he's out catching waves.

The Samsung Galaxy Surfboard features a port that holds and connects to Medina's phone (a Samsung Galaxy S7), so when data is sent to the phone, the messages are automatically displayed on the deck of his board near the nose via an integrated LED display. The idea is that the board saves Medina from making trips in and out of the water; the coach can watch his performance from the beach and give him tips in real time, while fans can inspire him to give it his all with messages like "Go Champ" and "We Are Behind You."

Unfortunately, Medina's board is one-of-a-kind and won't be hitting the market anytime soon, Slash Gear reports. According to Samsung, the technology is not intended for "amateur surfing or for leisure activities."

[h/t The Verge]

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