element14 challenges wearables to prevent sports injuries

element14 challenges wearables to prevent sports injuries

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By eeNews Europe

On crowd-funding websites, start-ups abound with fitness tracking and injury-prevention solutions, such as GestureLogic’s LEO LegBand that monitors muscle and other anatomic activity to offer real-time actionable feedback (re-hydrate, balance your efforts, stop before your muscles hurt).

Sport impact monitoring devices (from blows or from a fall) are already commercially available from Reebock (as the CheckLight cap) or from start-up Jolt Sensor who designed a clip-on sensor that tracks and evaluates the wearer’s head impacts in real-time.

Several weeks ago, encouraging its’ community members to design along these lines, element14 Community has initiated the “Sudden Impact” design challenge for which it has now selected 12 participants.

The 12 finalists will have from now until 20th March 2015 to create their devices and claim the top prize.

Here are their proposed projects and target sports:

Joshua Bayfield (U.K.) – Field Hockey – Wireless ECG heart rate monitor, forehead temperature sensor, leg injury and impact monitor and accelerometer-based alert system for fallen players.

Ravi Butani (India) – Football, Biking, Racing and Skiing – Vital health parameter monitoring system to measure for head, chest and spinal injury, ECG heart rate monitor and body temperature sensors.

Shubham Garg (India) – Football and Skiing – Cardiac arrest, internal bleeding and muscle fatigue monitors.

Austin Horning (U.S.) – High School Sports – Smartphone-connected system to measure blows to the head and track heart rates.

Md. Kamrul Hussain (Bangladesh) – Soccer, Football, Cricket and Basketball – Sensor system to track body temperature, head trauma, respiration and strains to the calf muscles.

Cosmin Iorga (U.S.) – Tennis – Foot, arm and head modules to track heart rate, body temperature, oxygen levels in the blood, respiratory rate, dehydration and exhaustion.

Dragan Knezevic (Serbia) – General Sports – Configurable helmet and uniform sensors to measure custom vitals.

Norbert Kovács (Hungary) – Biking – Smart clothes that log heart rate, body temperature, acceleration, speed and profile of trip.

Kas Lewis (Canada) – General Sports – Helmet to monitor for heat stroke, heart attacks and concussions.

Hendrik Lipka (Germany) – Soccer and Skiing – Heart rate monitor during training sessions and helmet-mounted impact monitor.

Robert Waters (U.S.) – General Sports – Heart rate monitor and respiratory belt transducer.

Douglas Wong (Canada) – Hockey – Stress and heart rate sensors and helmet-mounted trauma monitor.

Each competitor will receive a kit of advanced components from Analog Devices, a Tektronix oscilloscope, advanced polymers from Electrolube and a $500 budget from Farnell element14 for additional parts and purchases.

Each solution will be rigorously tested by the School of Computing and Creative Technologies at Leeds Beckett University based on effective use of the kit provided, simplicity and ease of use, durability and measurement capabilities.

Finalists will also be judged on content produced through the course of the challenge. Competitors will document their progress via blog posts, images and videos on a weekly basis at the element14 Community.

The Grand Prize Winner will be announced by 27th March 2015 and will receive a Tektronix MDO3104 Oscilloscope valued at £9,330, a 13-inch MacBook Air courtesy of Analog Devices and a Withings Home. All finalists who complete the challenge will receive a Withings Pulse courtesy of Analog Devices.

To view the finalists’ blogs, visit

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