Wearable trainer for artistic gymnastics
This project is a case study focused on finding out an optimal way of integrating ubiquitous computing technologies into an unobtrusive wearable appliance. This appliance will assist beginning artistic gymnasts during their overall practice to improve performance.
The wearable trainer is a self-standing leotard that corrects the position of some of the critical core points that influence balance keeping: Shoulders, gluteus, abdomen and back. The technology is fully embedded in the stretch fabric to ensure maximum comfort while practicing gymnastics. Four stretch sensors are located on shoulders, abdomen and gluteus and one bend sensors is located on the lower back. Vibrating actuators provide correctional feedback. By comparing a basic set of body parameters in rest with the current active set of parameters the wearable trainer gives feedback when threshold values are exceeded.
"The universe is big, it's vast and complicated, and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles. And that's the theory. Nine hundred years, never seen one yet, but this would do me." - Doctor Who