Design team answers the question: What if hockey pucks weren't round?
MAR 25, 2014 4:45p ET
What would happen if hockey pucks weren't round?
In what is part thought experiment, part research project, the designers based the new puck shape on the free-form designs of Finnish architect Alvar Aalto.
So why bother? It's not like the NHL is looking to change things. The answer is: unpredictability.
According to the press release:
The Aalto Puck is made in the same material as a regular hockey puck and behaves in the same way on ice with one fundamental difference. It has a built in randomness, it doesn't bounce as a regular puck, it can, depending on how it's hit, speed off in different ways and more importantly, by adding an element of chance it's the most equal puck produced. Advantages are randomly given to either of the two competing teams. By adding the element of chance this small puck changes the big picture.
They also point out that hockey pucks haven't changed in 500 years. So maybe it's about time?
As experiments go, they're still in the testing phase. In fact, they'll send you one of these funky-looking pucks for free. The only catch is you have to send them photos and video of the puck in action.
In case you were wondering, the Nordic Society for Invention and Discovery is also working on flying carpets for pets.