Wearable wireless inertial measurement for sports applications
Gaffney, Mark and O'Flynn, Brendan and Mathewson, A. and Buckley, John and Barton, John and Angove, Philip and Vcelak, J. and Ó Conaire, Ciarán and Healy, Graham and Moran, Kieran and O'Connor, Noel E. and Coyle, Shirley and Kelly, Philip and Caulfield, Brian and Conroy, Luke (2009) Wearable wireless inertial measurement for sports applications. In: IMAPS-CPMT - 33rd International Microelectronics and Packaging Poland Conference, 21-24 September, 2009, Gliwice - Pszczyna, Poland.
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The advent of MEMS inertial sensors has reduced the size, cost and power requirements of 6 Degrees-of-Freedom inertial measurement systems to a level where their use can be considered for wearable wireless monitoring devices. Many applications for such Wearable Wireless Inertial Measurement Units exist in the area of sports and sports science. Such a system would be critical in providing data for the analysis of the kinematic motion data of an athlete - to characterise a player’s technique or track progress and provide accurate,
quantitative feedback to player and coach in near real time. A small, lightweight and low power device with the ability to sense the full range of human motion at a high sampling rate is required for such applications. It must also be robust, well sealed and comfortable to wear. Further development and miniaturisation of such devices coupled with progress in
energy scavenging may lead to their use in other areas and their near ubiquity, with the potential to be embedded within clothes, buildings, materials, objects and people for health monitoring, location tracking and other purposes
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