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Motion Capture Clothing — The New Age Of Wearable Tech


Athletes and trainers are always looking for an edge, and motion-sensing workout clothing should give them a new reason to get excited. Motion capture is a tool that sports scientists have been using for a while, but until recently, this has been restricted to sports performance facilities. Now, due to advances in low-power circuitry and sensor technology, it’s possible to create motion-tracking smart garments for athletes to use wherever they choose to train.

These technologically enhanced garments can be used in normal sporting environments to provide a complete picture of body motion and even give real-time feedback. This data can help athletes develop repeatable and consistent behaviors. Get in touch to learn about how this technology could work for your sportswear company.

Wouldn’t it be great if we always had a personal coach

Athletes often perform movements hundreds or even thousands of times until a movement or sequence is imprinted in muscle memory. Unfortunately, not everyone can have a coach at every training session. This can cause some problems because when training on your own there’s no way to tell if the actions you’re performing are perfect.

This can result in the creation of bad habits and wasted time.

Filming training sessions for analysis can be a great option, but again, not all athletes can be filmed, and videos can’t give you immediate feedback. This delay between executing a movement and receiving feedback makes it harder to draw an immediate relationship between the movement and the correction.

Motion capture to the rescue!

Motion capture is an incredibly powerful training tool because it gives you the ability to analyze your movement in ways that were previously impossible. It provides quantitative data that allows the body to be rendered in 3D, letting you zoom in on and analyze tiny details such as changes in joint angles and the distances limbs travel.

Traditional motion-capture systems require an extensive camera setup and dedicated support personnel. Cameras are placed around a controlled area and track the movements of the subject within that specified space.

Stretch Sensors are changing what’s possible

This is where stretch sensors come in. With a compression garment containing the sensors, you’re not restricted to a controlled space. You can track the way movements change over a distance — such as in marathon running or even swimming — sports that generally can’t be analyzed with optical mocap methods.

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Training smarter not harder

By leveraging big data, machine learning algorithms and cloud computing, it’s even possible to create smart garments that give real-time feedback. Imagine swinging a golf club 100 times only to find out after training that you were bending your elbow incorrectly. You could have been alerted immediately — in real-time — so you didn’t make the mistake in the first place.

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