Our Griffith IMPACT lecture online

Public_Lecture_–_Wearable_Technology__The_edge_of_the_BOOM__–_Part_2___IMPACT___Griffith_SciencesMissed our wearable technologies IMPACT lecture?. Attached is the IMPACT magazine produced by Griffith University with a few stories on our work…hope you like. (wearable tech IMPACT edition)

Also the lectures by David, our deputy director and Judd Armstrong CEO of Jaybird were recorded and are online too.

Here are the two videos:



SABEL Labs as seen on BBC Click!

swimming-Our SABEL Labs website has been running a bit hot today (OK 35 degrees today in Brisbane too, but that s not what we mean), one might have thought Obama mentioned us in todays G20 speech or something ;)

Turns out our story on our lab by  BBC Click began airing today (See Kirstins account of the filming day ).

If you are lucky enough to live in the UK here is the link to watch online (Thanks Justin S for the link) http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04sm3sj/click-australia-special


We have also been fielding plenty of enquiries for a commercial product we did some work on…The Jaybird REIGN – see the  full details on jaybirdgear.com

SABEL’s film shoot by Kristin Corley

jono-bbc-clickBecoming increasingly well known for their local and international research, and development within the elite sports and consumer sporting market, SABEL Labs have recently captured the attention of BBC technology program, Click.

With a reach of over 80 million viewers, a feature on Click is a significant exposure win for SABEL.

Filming at the Queensland Academy of Sport and Griffith University, the visit from BBC highlighted SABEL’s most recent collaboration with global giant, Jaybird.

Ranking #8, just behind Go-Pro, for fastest growing consumer brands over $20 million in revenue, the commercial collaboration with Jaybird is an exciting leap for the research group.

SABEL’s team of researchers have played a pivotal role in developing the leading knowledge behind Raybird Reign – a new wearable technology, ready for launch to the international market on November 1st.

jump-test It’s this intricate knowledge, research and expertise in sports technology that captured the attention of BBC Click.

Speaking to the program from the Queensland Academy of Sport, Jono Neville, a member of the SABEL Research team, elaborated on the value of commercial research collaborations. “Research in a University environment can often stay as research to assist future studies. In this instance, our partnership with Jaybird brings together our knowledge, algorithms and research outcomes and packages it in a market-ready application”.

With Jaybird promising to understand the needs of every day consumers, SABEL’s technical contribution to the product means end-users can now link meaningful experience, knowledge and ownership around their daily activities.


As Nick Kwek, Producer for BBC Click noted, SABEL’s research means consumers will now “have a smart coach in their pocket”.

With a follow-up visit with the BBC scheduled in 2015, the SABEL team is motivated to leverage the exposure and further promote their knowledge and research outcomes in sports technology.

Jono Neville summed up the achievement perfectly. “It’s a great feeling to see our work out there, knowing everyday people will benefit from the research we’ve done.”

To learn more about SABEL’s collaboration with Jaybird, join us on Wednesday 5 November for a Public Lecture co-hosted between Dr David Rowlands (SABEL) and Mr Judd Armstrong (CEO, Jaybird).


Visitors from afar. University, Sport and a little Budo

photo 2We were delighted to spend some time this week with Prof. Wada from Japan at SABEL Labs.
Prof. Wada is from Kagoshima on the island of Kyushu in Japan. He is from the National Institute of fitness and Sports in Kanoya, one of only two in Japan. The university supports a range of sports as well as traditional Japanese Budo (martial arts) – for which Kagoshima is somewhat famous.
We had some very interesting discussions about the handling of time series biomechanics and performance data and we look forward to his return in the near future, perhaps for an extended stay.
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Public Lecture: Wearables – edge of the boom. Nov 5th Brisbane Square Library. RSVP Now!



Join Dr David Rowlands, Deputy Director of Griffith’s Sports and Biomedical Engineering Lab, SABEL, to discuss the emergence of wearable technology over the last 10 years, from the realm of elite athletes to a mass consumer product.band-phone@2x In a wide ranging discussion we will delve into how wearable technology works and how the shrinking of sensors and the coupling of smart devices has set the scene for an explosion of technologies in the next five years.
Lastly Dr Rowlands will introduce our special guest Judd Armstrong, CEO of Jaybird, to present SABEL labs’ involvement with the new leading edge activity tracker the Jaybird Reign to be launched in the US in late October. Ranking #8 just behind Go-Pro for fastest growing consumer brand over $20 million in revenue, Jaybird is a leading edge technology company and Judd is perfectly situated to give his industry perspective on the future of wearable technology.


 Wearable Technology: The edge of the BOOM!

WHEN: Wednesday 5 November
TIME: 5.30 – 7.00pm networking drinks and canapes after event
VENUE: Brisbane Square Library
BOOKING: Seat reservations required

Dr David Rowlands Deputy Director of Griffith's SABEL Labs

Dr David Rowlands is the Deputy Director of SABEL and has been involved in sports and biomedical research for the last 10 years with his areas of interest including sports technology, biomedical technology, and ubiquitous/wearable computing. His research has been applied to sports such as tennis, cricket, AFL, swimming, running, and soccer to monitor athletes with the purpose of developing training aids to improve performance.

SABEL is an enterprise and research laboratory at Griffith University in Brisbane. The lab has extensive experience in developing wearable technologies to enhance sports performance, as tools for health and in providing R&D services to the professional sports and consumer industries.


Sports Engineering, A personal Journey

Jonathan Shepherd at Manchester United

Jonathan visits Manchester United

How I went from the snow fields of Victoria, to the Gold Coast and now to England to discover the world of Sports Engineering by Jonathan Shepherd

My journey to becoming a sport engineer started 5 years ago in the Victorian ski fields with the simple question, who has the job of designing, testing and engineering snow skis? Like all complex 21st century questions, and in the downtime between runs, I consulted google. It was here I met the concept of a sports engineer. After a few more clicks and a few more ski runs, I stumbled upon a video introduction by A/Prof Daniel James and I was hooked on the idea of studying Sport and Biomedical Engineering at Griffith University.

After a gap year abroad I returned to Australia, up sticks and moved to the sunny Gold Coast to start the road on becoming a sport engineer. The undergraduate path was a journey in itself with the lessons in the classroom, whilst valuable, taking somewhat of a backseat. The real lessons came from the people around me, those lucky enough to call the Gold Coast home and the social and professional networks I created from my time on the coast studying at Griffith University.

This year, being my final of my undergraduate degree, I finally entered the world that is sport engineering. Over my semester break I joined the team at SABEL labs, Griffith University. It was here I gained a taste into what sport engineering was all about and I loved it. I got invaluable hands on experience with inertial sensors, motion capture systems, programing, product assembly as well as gaining a great insight into the world of sports research and helping out at Cricket Australia’s national conference.

Fast forward to now, and I am currently embarking on my final 14 week project of my undergraduate degree completing the Industry Affiliates program, an industry based work-integrated research program (http://www.griffith.edu.au/industry-affiliates-program).

Realising the benefit going global and creating an international network I again took to google to discover who was leading the world in sports engineering research. I found Sheffield Hallam University and their Centre for Sports Engineering (CSER) in England. Their large team had an extremely diverse range of expertise, they were engaged in stimulating research, they had a high calibre of staff and they had quite high profile cliental therefore all these factors made CSER an alluring choice for my IAP project. Here’s there website link http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cser/.

After contacting them and being accepted, I was assigned a research project on the topic of a sport based impact protection study into auxetic materials. To give you some background, auxetic materials are a classification of materials that have a negative Poisson’s ratio. The unusual property of this material is when a force is applied longitudinally the material will expand transversely. They also have many other interesting properties that could be used in the world of sports including; increased compressive strength and shear stiffness, high indentation resistance, great resilience, high energy dissipation levels and heighted acoustic absorption at low frequencies. These properties has rendered uses for auxetic materials across a broad spectrum of industries including; biomedical, aerospace, automotive, military, chemical engineering, construction, apparel companies and energy sectors.

If you’re interested in auxetics here’s a link which gives some background into the material by Dr Andy Alderson, one of the researchers on my project team here at SHU. The part on Auxetics starts around 10mins 15seconds. http://www.nationalstemcentre.org.uk/elibrary/resource/9305/regional-programmes

Jonathan at work at Sports Engineerings ancestral home in Sheffield

Jonathan at work at Sports Engineerings ancestral home in Sheffield

I’m already a couple of weeks into working here at CSER and it’s been an amazing experience so far. My project is forging ahead; I’ve created auxetics materials, accomplished some preliminary testing and data collection (pictured beside), met with potential external investors and my project work has even been filmed for a program on the BBC. Outside the scope of my project I’ve been busy as well with other CSER activities. Including work in the fields of biomechanics, inertial sensing, materials testing, 3D body scanning and I even got to be involved with some goal line testing (pictured at the top).

I’m really looking forward to the rest of my research visit here at CSER and stepping out into a career as a sports engineer.