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Description

Sensors are also making their appearance in sports. We already see smart clothing, sending data about vital signs, performance, physiological parameters, etc.. We also see smart equipment like tennis rackets and hockey sticks, capable of sensing movement, acceleration, orientation, force, etc. These accessories will tell their users how to improve their performance. All this is part of quantified self movement. BUT a tennis racket loaded with sensors will not tell you anything if you don't have a model to make sense of the data! This is where smart people making sensors meet smart people understanding kinesiology in sports, like David Pearsall, to make smart sports equipment. 

This is yet another example of complex products that can only come into existence through collaboration, within our value network. Our goal is to harvest the open source soft- and hardware, use the open science created by people like David and his team, to create open source smart sports equipment. 

Applications 

  • Sports equipment (our first project is the smart hockey stick).  

Short-term goals

  • Optimize the Low-cost Tape Sensor
  • Build first prototype, see David's reaction and decide for next steps.
  • Write the path to market

Long-term goals

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Milestones

  • ...

Participants

As active members, at this moment

Collaborators
David Pearsall, professor at McGill (see website)
live data from the value accounting system

Incentives

See SENSORICA Business Model and Value Accounting System.

Tools, activities, and processes


Skills and resources needed

  • electronics - open hardware, build the detection around the low-cost tape sensor
  • optics - improvement of the low-cost tape sensor
  • kinesiology and physiology - experiment with the stick
  • support - logistics, management, organization, writing, ... 


Contact us if you want to contribute!

Status

  • Beginning of this project The idea of making smart sports equipment has been around within SENSORICA for more than one year (see this communication from SENSORICA general mailing list for example - members only). After ...
    Posted Jul 15, 2012, 9:59 PM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu
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