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Allyson Donahoe
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Re: MEMs sensor used in archery
Allyson Donahoe   5/2/2012 1:55:05 PM
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Karen - As it out Robert O'Reilly from Analog is giving his MEMS – One Size Doesn't Fit All talk again at SEMICON West http://semiconwest.org/node/6451 and Velocitip is mentioned in slide 16.    Analog really like this application for their product.

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Re: MEMs sensor used in archery
Allyson Donahoe   5/2/2012 9:47:29 AM
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Karen - The system was originally designed to fit on arrows used primarily by hunters andIBO competitors.  Full Flight Technology is working to develop a new tip that will fit on the narrower diameter Olympic style arrows.  USA Archery is actively interested in those efforts, so we hope the design will help the team, if not in 2012 then shortly thereafter.  We'll keep you posted on this.

Hunters use the system to determine if their combination of bow and arrow has sufficient momentum (some state fish and wildlife departments require a minimum momentum for large game hunting) and they also use the basic velocity, trajectory and arrow drag measurements to help improve their form.  It's also good for comparing different bows and different arrows if you're in the market to buy new equipment, so pro shops like to be able to offer the use of the system to customers.

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Re: MEMs sensor used in archery
Karen Lightman   5/2/2012 9:35:04 AM
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@Allyson - great addition! Yes I have heard of the Velocitip Ballistic System and I know that Analog Devices MEMS is in there too - very cool. I am sure that Olympic athletes are using them to train (archery?); but to hunters use them too? I am always curious about the market applications of these things... 
thanks again!

Karen 

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Re: MEMs sensor used in archery
Karen Lightman   5/2/2012 9:35:04 AM
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@Allyson - great addition! Yes I have heard of the Velocitip Ballistic System and I know that Analog Devices MEMS is in there too - very cool. I am sure that Olympic athletes are using them to train (archery?); but to hunters use them too? I am always curious about the market applications of these things... 
thanks again!

Karen 

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MEMs sensor used in archery
Allyson Donahoe   5/1/2012 10:27:00 PM
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Another great use of MEMS in sports equipment is the Velocitip Ballistic System used in archery.  The system is a 100 grain field point that fits on standard arrows that measures velocity.  When plugged into a hand held docking station the arrow tip provides instantaneous information on kinetic energy, momentum, trajectory and the arrow's drag coefficient. The info can also be downloaded to a PC.

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InvenSense enters MEMS in Sports Arena
Karen Lightman   2/16/2012 10:09:51 AM
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Not sure if you saw this announcement from InvenSense (the darling of the newly IPO'ed) - they are entering the MEMS in Sports arena with a design kit for "The First Wearable Sensor SDK For Health And Fitness Applications Incorporating MPU-9150 The World's First Integrated 9-Axis MotionTracking Device"

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/2/prweb9194293.htm

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Re: Cool examples
Karen Lightman   2/14/2012 11:01:54 AM
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Cool examples, indeed! Thanks for posting @Per and looking forward to seeing you in San Jose for our MEMS in Sports session at Sensors in Design. 

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Re: Mainstreaming of MEMS
Karen Lightman   2/14/2012 11:00:46 AM
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Thanks for the plug, @Alex. What I find the best part of MEMS in sports is that it's finally relevant to folks like us - and it'll help us battle old age, immobility and improve our health and quality of life. And if we look cool doing it (using MEMS of course), so much the better! I am looking forward to Sensors in Design on March 28-29 as well! 

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Re: MEMS In Sports
Karen Lightman   2/14/2012 10:58:57 AM
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Thanks for the post, @Jack. I am really looking forward to our session on MEMS in Sports at Sensors in Design on March 28. 

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MEMS In Sports
JackyJean   2/14/2012 3:18:19 AM
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Great Article Karen. I've watched the development of MEMS and the proliferation of these devices in my professional career. See you at the expo.

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