The session will also feature two other companies that are leaders in utilizing MEMS in sports. Analog Devices is a MEMS supplier whose technology is being used in the training of competitive rowers, and in concussion monitoring in football helmets. (Click here to see Analog’s Rob O’Reilly demo a “MEMS-enabled inertial sensor head impact telemetry system.”)
Xsens, a company that integrates MEMS into motion-tracking devices for numerous markets, including sports, will round out the session. Xsens’s technology is an industry darling in the field of movement science. Its motion trackers combine high accuracy and ambulatory use for application in biomechanics research, sports science, rehabilitation, and ergonomics.
All four of these companies bring to the table great examples of MEMS in sports. At Sensors in Design on March 29, I look forward to presenting with them the potential of MEMS enabling even smarter athletes -- be it the weekend warrior or the Olympic athlete.
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You've certainly tapped into a vein where there's lots of interest, Karen, judging by the comments here. I'll use my comment to put in a plug for the MEMS Industry Group (MIG), of which you're Managing Director.
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!
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"
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.
@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!
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