Staff, from left to right:
Gunmarie Persson, Hospitality Industry/social media
Kee Bergman, Project Manager/Market strategist
Matej Supej, Senior Supervisor/Professor
Benedikt Fasel, Case Supervisor/Doctor
Alessandro Galloppini, Performance Engineer
Marko Laaksonen, Senior Supervisor/Associate Professor
Mathias Gilgien, Case Supervisor/Associate Professor
Adam Olofsson, Programmer
Michaela Hoernfeldt, Programmer
Mads Kjaer Madsen, Internship
Lars Hallstroem, Internship
HC Holmberg, International Senior Supervisor/Professor
Feeling brave? Email us about internships!
With our excellent knowledge within sports- and performance technology, we create solutions and products that are not yet out there, we create tracking systems, working with sensor technology, Artificial Intelligence and many things within sports, health and outdoor that might come our way.

181213 Merry Xmas from our project office in Aare, Sweden – with Swedish buns and “julmust”!

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Marko, Lars, Alessandro, Mads and Kee.

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Marko, Lars, Alessandro, Mads and Kee.

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181213 Tel Aviv-company to win the 2018 Sporttechie awards for outstanding sports technology!

WSC Sports Wins the 2018 SportTechie Award for Outstanding Sports Technology

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WSC Sports Wins the 2018 SportTechie Award for Outstanding Sports Technology

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181207 Second case to internationalize: Chasing world record with Future Eyewear!

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Christian Lanthaler from Italy, inside the windtunnel in Milan. Five times Water Skiing World Champion, two silver medals in the last two Alpine Skiing Paralympics. (He lost his leg when he was five.)
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Christian Lanthaler from Italy, inside the windtunnel in Milan. Five times Water Skiing World Champion, two silver medals in the last two Alpine Skiing Paralympics. (He lost his leg when he was five.)
Chasing world records? Yes, that is how we roll…:-)
Well, at least, we are part of supporting it…Christian is aiming at breaking the speed word record on one leg (210 km/h). He is an amazing athlete!

Professor Matej Super and performance engineer Alessandro Galloppini have been working in Sweden and Italy since 2017 with the company Future Eyewear, to create a new “faster” helmet that is still comfortable and safe.

Alessandro explains the final test:
The appropriate wind tunnel was chosen according to the test specifications (maximum wind speed, air flow laminarity) and Newton Lab, Milan, Italy was selected since it satisfied all the requirements.

The tests allowed us to assess the resistance that a body opposes to the air flow and analyze any turbulence effect that could occur, at different wind speeds. The measurements were performed both with a human skier and with a sensorized dummy’s head, which provided additional information about the pressure distribution caused by the air flow on the helmets and the acoustic noise due to the wind.
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Moreover, qualitative analyses were performed using smoke and tufts to provide information about the flow around the helmets and evaluate the presence of laminar or turbulent conditions. To compare the measurements with visual information, all the tests were also recorded with videocameras.
The data collected were analyzed to compare the performance of different helmets, establish which model had the best aerodynamical features and suggest possible improvements on the currently available products. From this collaboration between our project and Future Eyewear a new specification for an hopefully outstanding helmet has been created.

 

 

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181129 Lars on sportdata & performance conference in Budapest!

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I got to spend the last two days in Budapest at the 5th Annual Sportdata and Performance Forum. It was super interesting to hear how different discplines are utilzing technology and data to improve performance, player safety and tesm dynamics.…]

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I got to spend the last two days in Budapest at the 5th Annual Sportdata and Performance Forum. It was super interesting to hear how different discplines are utilzing technology and data to improve performance, player safety and tesm dynamics.
And what do I think of the future myself?
With the growing availability of data it will be critical to find the right balance between using data to guide decisions but not taking it as the only solution. Data without context can seem to be telling us one thing but when viewed with all other variables taken into account may lead to a very different outcome.
In the future big data in sports will allow us to develop equipment to improve safety and performance for athletes off all levels, make individualized decision about training and competition to harness every athletes maximum potention, and find ways to improve global health through accessible and accurate monitoring and motivation methods.
We might find new ground breaking crossovers if we use data the right way.

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181124 Snowboard – the next arena sport?

A snowboarder makes a practice run down the ski and snowboarding ramp at Fenway Park, Boston, ahead of the Big Air at Fenway event.
Just to bring you inspiration:
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A snowboarder makes a practice run down the ski and snowboarding ramp at Fenway Park, Boston, ahead of the Big Air at Fenway event.
Just to bring you inspiration:
The famous Fenway Park baseball stadium in Boston has been transformed into a spectacular snowboarding backdrop. Source/ photo: CNN.
Below: Intern Lars and associate professor Matthias at the office in Oslo, working on our snowboard case to construct more safe and better jumps. The case includes three academies and excellent scientists.
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181123 Shaping of future sports by AI power!

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Sometimes you need to reflect, and I guess I just did some of that.
Development around us is racing, and sometimes I feel I am actually at its core….and sometimes not.
Take for instance Artificial Intelligence. Only 5-6 years ago[]

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Sometimes you need to reflect, and I guess I just did some of that.
Development around us is racing, and sometimes I feel I am actually at its core….and sometimes not.
Take for instance Artificial Intelligence. Only 5-6 years ago it was rare in sports, and now it is everywhere in shape of machine vision from chatbots and wearable tech to computer vision and more – this is running the show in so many sports today. It is proven that arenas and sports clubs that provide more personalized digital experiences to the audience, such as an app will increase both fan base and revenues.

Tech Emergence online writes about the first AI-powered wearable developed by a french start-up, PIQ and Everlast last year:
The “first AI-powered wearable for combat sports.” Crafted using GAIA Intelligence, (machine learning platform for sports analytics) the startup claims that the platform is capable of tracking and analyzing “microscopic variations in boxing movements” to help maximize the efficiency of workouts and training.
The data that are recorded can also be accessed through a phone app which allows users to track their activity and see how they compare to other users based on a leaderboard.

So what cool stuff can we expect in the future?
Some innovations will become the news of the past as new things develops around them – but some innovations will become trends, and later on part of new strategies that shapes the world.
It is a good bet to think that AI coaches will become normal in the future, as demand is a factor in this development. I also believe, but this is my personal stand point, that anything that has a strong demand will increase speed and push development so much harder in the future than today (and it is pushed already!). It is important to create strategies and tools to be able to stay on top of this fast race as every hype has a crowd that just tags along and lose control in the end.
I see AI changing the sports drastically – but for the better. AI is growing into a creative intuitive smart machine that can improve sports from many angles.

I cant wait for my own personal coach, advising me, making conclusions, looking amazingly hot for being…..AI 🙂

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181028 AI is taking over, and we got a new case coming up!

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And yes – we got a new case coming up with AI and Machine Learning, I will get back to this when we have started, very[]

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Artificiell Intelligence is taking over! Check out the AI picture that I made of Stockholm!
And yes – we got a new case coming up with AI and Machine Learning, I will get back to this when we have started, very exciting and not as complicated as it sounds.

I just got back form the TechDays conference in Stockholm – it exceeded my expectations! We have talked about artificial intelligence and all the tools that Microsoft is creating with this technology. AI is used in several applications: from image processing to speech recognition, from data mining to strategic planning, but the list is much longer. Our project will of course use it within sports technology.

The speakers at the conference showed us some of the most unusual tools that make use of AI: a software that classifies the quality of for example wine, based on different parameters (pH, sulphurs, alcohol content, etc), an app that helps you recognizing mushroom species with your phone, a software that estimates your age and happiness level based on your face, etc.

Seeing so many applications makes you understand that AI will really have a huge impact on every aspect of our life in the next years.

If you want to make art with AI, click this link: https://deepart.io/. I have already created my image showing a view of Stockholm!

 

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181025 Seen any talking robots around? My cool AI trip to Tech Days!

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Artificial intelligence everywhere! I am spending some days in Stockholm to attend a huge event organized by Microsoft (the picture should give you an idea of the number of people that are here!): TechDays. Several experts from the American colossus are going[]

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Artificial intelligence everywhere!
I am spending some days in Stockholm to attend a huge event organized by Microsoft (the picture should give you an idea of the number of people that are here!): TechDays.
Several experts from the American colossus are going to present the latest and most innovative technologies that Microsoft has developed and how scientists can make use of them.
We will talk about virtual reality, IoT, cybersecurity and much more, but what brought me here is a particular topic: artificial intelligence. This can be many things from talking robots to having data perform is certain ways – sounds strange? Complicated? Seen any talking robots around that can actually think for themselves?

Well, AI will be used in our project!

Yesterday I attended a pre-conference activity, where artificial intelligence was used to create a chat that can interact with users from a website or an app!
I am looking forward to hear more in the next days, and I will come back with more!
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181025 We are sustainable together with the regional IoT hubs!

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Another happy day at our office in Aare! The project and Peak Region are taking part of Part One of the education in equality by Demokratikonsult, an edgy company with deep experience within this field. Lecturers: Anders Johnsson[]

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Another happy day at our office in Aare! The project and Peak Region are taking part of Part One of the education in equality by Demokratikonsult, an edgy company with deep experience within this field. Lecturers: Anders Johnsson and Erika Brandt.
Participants: Kee Bergman, Gunmarie Persson, Lars Hallstrom, Adam Olofsson, Joel Svedlund, Ingrid Hedlund, Erik Melin Soederstrom and Johan Nilsson.

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181025 Creating new challenges for 2019

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Gunmarie Persson, Alessandro Galloppini and Lars Hallstrom at the office, making plans for State of the Q (equality) and upcoming events.

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Gunmarie Persson, Alessandro Galloppini and Lars Hallstrom at the office, making plans for State of the Q (equality) and upcoming events.

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181004 New innovative case for track and field!

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Innovative meetings!
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Innovative meetings!
Today former goldmedalist and Swedish Champion in 400 m hurdles, Fredrik Lindberg, visited our team in Aare for starting up our case for track and field. This case will eventually include apps and gamification, and aims at being a tool for both arenas and athletes as well as families – with completely new functions! This means that families within the municipality of Oestersund will have a new experience, easy access and maybe start to exercise themselves – the goal is to scale up national and more.

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180925 Last word from Mads early morning in Saas Fee!

180925Today was the last day in Switzerland and the last day of measurements with Ski Team Sweden. We were at the gondola at 5:30 am to have the final three skiers tested. Despite of the early hours all measurements were good[]

180925Today was the last day in Switzerland and the last day of measurements with Ski Team Sweden. We were at the gondola at 5:30 am to have the final three skiers tested. Despite of the early hours all measurements were good and we are looking forward to analyze these!
P.S. with a morning view like this, who can complain about early hours 😉

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180924 Last days of tests for our crew in Saas Fee with Ski Team Sweden! (Mads seems pretty popular so we add a solo pic with him in it)

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180924 Our case team at work in Switzerland and Norway!

Top: Mads in test session with the alpine athlete Tobias and his coach.
Bottom: Lars and Frederic Meyer (seems to always be eating:-)
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Top: Mads in test session with the alpine athlete Tobias and his coach.
Bottom: Lars and Frederic Meyer (seems to always be eating:-)
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180922 Snowboardcase on water:-)

Our US R&D student Lars got the opportunity to take a break with a fishing tour Saturday evening – on the dangerous waters in Norway! We hope to see you again!Lars

Our US R&D student Lars got the opportunity to take a break with a fishing tour Saturday evening – on the dangerous waters in Norway! We hope to see you again!Lars

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180921 How do you measure the performance of an alpine athlete to get more gold medals? Check out our on-going field work in Switzerland!

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How do we get more medals?
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How do we get more medals?
Pictures from Saas Fee and our field tests at Ski Team Swedens training camp, professor Matej Supej on the slope assisted by Alessandro and Mads. Scroll down and our performance engineer Alessandro will explain to you what we are doing.

From the 20th to the 25th of September, our team will be performing measurements on the Swiss slopes of Saas Fee. Our goal is to provide the skiers of the Swedish alpine team a tool to analyse and evaluate their performance during trainings – this can make them better (read; more medals!).
Are you a skier yourself? Have you ever wondered how to measure a skier’s technique? Our team uses different technological solutions (GNSS, IMUs and pressure insoles) to provide information about a skier’s kinematics and dynamics.

The GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System), which is very similar to your smartphone’s GPS, makes use of an antenna, which receives radio signals from satellites orbiting around the Earth. The antenna, that we chose to place on the skier’s back protector, uses these signals to estimate the position and speed of the skier. Data are then sent via Bluetooth to a tablet and stored in it’s memory. Our system, unlike the most common GPS devices, is very particular: it allows us to get very accurate data (within 1-2 centimeter accuracy) at a high rate (a measurement is taken every 50 milliseconds)! These features are essential for us: in alpine skiing, movements are extremely fast and even small differences make a big difference in high-level competitions.

IMUs (inertial measurement units) consist of accelerometers and gyroscopes that measure, respectively accelerations and angular velocities. Some words can be complicated if you are not used to them but these data allow us to calculate the sensor’s orientation and position in the space. When an IMU is attached to a body segment, the orientation and position of the segment itself is estimated. The Xsens suit that we are using consists of 17 IMUs (one for each body segment considered in the model) attached to a Lycra suit and allows to build a full-body biomechanical model of the skier, providing information about their technique.

Finally, pressure insoles look like normal insoles, but contain a flexible and thin sensor that measures the force between the foot and the ski boot. An estimation of forces acting on the forefoot and the heel are provided separately, allowing to get information about the skier’s posture. Moreover, asymmetries can be detected if the skier tends to put more weight on one side compared to the other. An app allows to see data in real-time and store them.
The final step for our team is to analyse the collected data and present them in such a way that athletes can make the best out of them and improve their performance in competition!

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180920 Mads in Saas Fee, Switzerland! More to come about fieldtests to gain more gold medals for our alpine teams!

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180917 Ready for Switzerland and Norway – leaving this week!

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We are ready to leave for exciting work in Switzerland with the Swedish alpine team and in Norway to work on our snowboard case – we will keep you posted! Below some pictures from our office in Aare preparing[]

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We are ready to leave for exciting work in Switzerland with the Swedish alpine team and in Norway to work on our snowboard case – we will keep you posted! Below some pictures from our office in Aare preparing our upcoming week.
/Mads, Alessandro and Lars.
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180913 New Apple FDA-Grade Heart Rate Monitor – wearable!

I was watching CNN yesterday – very interesting – Apples new watch has a lot of features for health monitoring and easy access for both professional health care staff and the individual.
Funny that this happens right now when we at Mid Sweden University, together with Umea University,  will be involved in developing a holistic system for health monitoring that includes wearables.

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I was watching CNN yesterday – very interesting – Apples new watch has a lot of features for health monitoring and easy access for both professional health care staff and the individual.
Funny that this happens right now when we at Mid Sweden University, together with Umea University,  will be involved in developing a holistic system for health monitoring that includes wearables.

“The ability to access health data on an on-demand ECG is game changing, especially when evaluating atrial fibrillation and irregular and often rapid heart rate that can increase a person’s risk of stroke, heart failure or other related complications,” Ivor Benjamin, President American Heart Association says to the website Sportteckie.
The watch will also monitor irregularities in a user’s heart rate behind the scenes and alert them if something seems alarmingly off.
The enhanced medical features of the watch come as athletes and their coaches increasingly rely on trackers to monitor health. Heart conditions have sidelined, and in a few cases killed, professional and collegiate athletes in the past.

Below picture from Sportteckie.

Apple Boosts Sports and Fitness Game With FDA-Grade Heart Rate Monitor

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180912 Breaking borders and world records with our science – in Newton Lab, Milan, Italy! And I met Christian…

Christian, the skier, was very patient, keeping his position still inside the wind tunnel and allowing us to repeat the test several times. I can imagine why he was so focused:
Christian, who has had one of his legs amputated when he was 5 years old, is dreaming of breaking a world record, reaching the maximum speed possible skiing on one leg. The current record is 210 km/h, but[]

Christian, the skier, was very patient, keeping his position still inside the wind tunnel and allowing us to repeat the test several times. I can imagine why he was so focused:
Christian, who has had one of his legs amputated when he was 5 years old, is dreaming of breaking a world record, reaching the maximum speed possible skiing on one leg. The current record is 210 km/h, but Christian is not afraid at all of these speeds!

Meeting Christian left me really touched. I wish him to realize his dream!
Below you can see Christian during our tests.

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Field tests are always very interesting: they are an opportunity to test equipment, to see how it performs and to work on the field!
Yesterday has been one of the most exciting days I have had as a performance engineer, so far.
Newton Lab, in Milan, is a stimulating environment for an engineer (and for anybody who is interested in science and technology). Here, they conduct tests to assess the mechanical performance of helmets for skiing, cycling, boxing etc, but also ballistic tests and safety tests for seats used in rallying and formula one. The team at Newton is very professional and kind: thank you for welcoming us in your lab!

As I wrote in my previous post, the reason why we travelled to Milan Lab was to assess and compare the aerodynamics of different skiing and cycling helmets. Their wind tunnel is fully equipped with cameras, screens, load cells and many other types of sensors. These allow to assess the resistance that a body opposes to the air flow and analyse any turbulence effect that could occur, at different wind speeds. The measurements were performed both with a human skier and with a sensorized dummy’s head, able to map the pressure distribution and acoustic noise due to the wind.
No we are waiting for all data so that we can analyze it – meanwhile I am taking the plane back to Sweden:-)

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