SportSense

SportSense aims at investigating the potential of sensor technology to determine motion-relevant parameters not only for alpine skiing and for running.

SportSense is a multi-disciplinary collaboration with the IFFB Sport Science and Kinesiology of the University of Salzburg and well-established sport equipment manufacturers (Atomic and Adidas) and SCIO (experts in printed electronics). As the follow-up project of SkiSense, SportSense aims at investigating the potential of sensor technology to determine motion-relevant parameters not only for alpine skiing but also for running.

The rapid development of digitalisation including sensor technology and miniaturisation as well as the growing importance of physical and psychological well-being have a tremendous impact on almost all consumer goods, ranging from consumer electronics to sports equipment. As a consequence, already today, the rise of smaller, cheaper and more precise sensors leads to new business opportunities as well as the digital transformation of foremost unintelligent sport-equipment towards what is often referred to as “smart wearables”.

In SportSense, different existing sensor systems will be tested and evaluated as potential data sources. Using results from the field and from laboratory tests, the project enables the assessment of the technical and economic added value of such systems. SportSense develops concrete recommendations for using collected data efficiently and beneficially – in particular, for motion analysis in the area of alpine skiing and running. In addition, SportSense designs and evaluates algorithms for real-time and offline analysis as well as presentation of motion-technique relevant parameters.

SportSense is a follow-up project of SkiSense and includes preparatory work for the planned COMET-project initiative “Digital Motion”.