Developing IMU Sensors For Capturing Motion In Sports

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.

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Gyro’s The Next Thing In Wearable Technology – Our Interview In Electronics Letters

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

Wireless Power Technology And Its Application In Sports & Health

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

Sports Sensors Are Music To Our Ears

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6bX6KoDrSg

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.

For more information contact David Thiel

http://www.qsportstechnology.com/people/david-thiel-cwma-director

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