Developing IMU (motion) sensors for a custom application in sports has become easier in the last 10 years. Here’s a look at some options available for makers now.
Developing smart sports garments does come with its challenges. Other than the technical aspects, it also needs to be designed with the users in mind.… Read More The Challenges Of Making Smart Sports Garments
While GPS is a popular tool in team sports its probably an overkill for most applications. I mean knowing exactly where you are standing on the planet is useful and all if you are lost. However if your interest is primarily in sporting performance then the derivative information like how fast you are running, for how… Read More SABEL Sense Tracks Athletes Without GPS
Accelerometers are now the mainstay in wearable technology, why, because they are cheap to buy and cheap to run – now only consuming microamps of power. Rate gyroscopes are a close cousin that yield important but different metrics of human movement. Rate gyros traditionally have been a bit thirsty, but thanks to recent trends in development… Read More Gyro’s The Next Thing In Wearable Technology – Our Interview In Electronics Letters
Tracking how fast a ball was kicked or thrown used to be done with an external device – it could be a speed radar or a high speed camera or maybe even a very trained (and experienced) eye. However, in the last 5-6 years, more and more engineers and scientists have tried to put some form… Read More A Look At Smart Balls
Accidents happen. Nobody plans for them to happen. But they do. The thought of “what if…” can be quite frightening, especially for people with some form of anxiety disorder. So if you are going for an overseas holiday, you might take up a travel insurance; if you are a school teacher bringing kids out for… Read More Safety Technology In Sports
Creating wearable technologies for swimming has always had its challenges; from making the device water resistant to ensuring that sensor measurements are reliable. Instabeat is a company that has risen up to that challenge by creating a headsup goggle display that measures a swimmer’s heartrate. … Read More Swimming With The Times
Wireless power isn’t an entirely new concept. The first person who tried to do it was none other than Nikola Tesla, and that was back in 1890s. Today, more than 100 years later, it is a reality. I first saw it work on this Ted Talk by Eric Giler back in August 2009. He demonstrated a version of it… Read More Wireless Power Technology And Its Application In Sports & Health
Hi Neil, Ben, Bill and all the boys from the Co-operative research centre for Microtechnology back in the early 2000’s, remember all the sports technology we were working in – guess what is in a museum, well it is in a display case at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) visitor centre anyway. They have… Read More Sports Tech at the Australian Institute of Sport
Have a listen to 4th yr engineering student Connor Reid’s application of our sports sensors to the creative industries. Made as part of a final year Electronic Engineering project with Griffith University. The gestures are analyzed using a 3 dimensional wireless accelerometer. Volume and data cut-off is performed using two MIDI foot controllers.
The gestures are recognized using a program developed in MATLAB. Triggers and gesture messages are sent via OSC and sound synthesis and gesture mapping is performed in Pure Data.
The pianist in this video (Michael Johnstone) only had an hour to write this piece, learn to use 3 extra controllers and wrap his brain around each gesture so he did an amazing job.
The concept for this prototype is loosely based on Six Japanese Gardens (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INFupMwPue0) and I was trying to get a similar sound to Dreamland by Her Name is Calla (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-kqRybeWN0 you will immediately know which part I was trying to rip off). The performance was recorded in the IMERSED studios of the Queensland Conservatorium.
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