OSRAM is also working with the athletes to test special light glasses that are designed to be put on immediately before competing. "We probably looked quite funny when we first sat in the lift up to the piste wearing the glasses," says Fritz Dopfer. At the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail, Colorado, he and his teammate Felix Neureuther tried out this method for the first time: "We were curious; we wanted to see if it would help at all." The mobile light glasses are designed to produce a very short blast of concentrated brightness, which improves attentiveness.
The collaboration with the DSV is just one example of OSRAM's work. "A great deal has been happening in the field of light research in recent years," says Andreas Pickelein, who works as project manager at OSRAM for lighting concepts. "We commission studies, work closely with academia and cooperate with various partners in order to use light to improve people's quality of life". How can light be used make schoolchildren less tired in classrooms and pay more attention to the lesson? Can the right lighting concept improve workers' concentration? In healthcare, too, OSRAM is continuously testing how people's wellbeing can be improved by using the right kind of lighting. A case in point is the memory center for people with dementia, part of the St. Augustinus hospitals in Neuss, Germany. OSRAM's warmer, friendly light was specially designed to enhance the mood of the patients and is demonstrating very good therapeutic success in the second year of the collaboration.
When DSV skiers are in a competition, OSRAM lights are now fitted in the communal rooms used by the athletes and are turned on at breakfast or during team meetings. "The athletes are grateful for the support," says Karlheinz Waibel, Federal Trainer for Science and Technology at the DSV. Fritz Dopfer and Felix Neureuther won silver and bronze respectively in the slalom in Vail. "Since then I've always felt good when I see the lights," says Fritz Dopfer. "After all, it's the little things that make a big difference."