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
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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.

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

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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[]

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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!
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?
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[]

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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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180910 A travel into aerodynamics

Today, while I was flying to Milan, I saw a lot of airplanes taking off and landing at the airport and I was particularly interested in their shape, designed to be as aerodynamic as possible.
To study aerodynamics is the reason why I now travel back to my home country Italy: Better aerodynamics means higher speed, and speed is what skiers are looking for! Tomorrow our team will be working[]

Today, while I was flying to Milan, I saw a lot of airplanes taking off and landing at the airport and I was particularly interested in their shape, designed to be as aerodynamic as possible.
To study aerodynamics is the reason why I now travel back to my home country Italy: Better aerodynamics means higher speed, and speed is what skiers are looking for! Tomorrow our team will be working in the wind tunnel in Milano to test unique ski helmets: the wind tunnel will allow us to simulate different wind conditions and assess the performance of the helmets.
Stay tuned on our blog if you want to know more about these exciting tests!

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180904 Fresh pics: Students at our office and R&D Aare Centre of Excellence!

After a late dinner in our office yesterday, today was the first day for our students.
If you know the Swedish language you can read more about it if you click on “Gunmarie testar”, otherwise – it can be worth learning the language as we will keep on breaking borders and you want to know, believe me:-)
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Students carrying bags, students having a walk through of[]

After a late dinner in our office yesterday, today was the first day for our students.
If you know the Swedish language you can read more about it if you click on “Gunmarie testar”, otherwise – it can be worth learning the language as we will keep on breaking borders and you want to know, believe me:-)
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Students carrying bags, students having a walk through of our project were they will also learn about the whole picture from science to market, students in the R&D environment together with the alpine athletic director and athletes, students taking on some of the equipment….they went to bed early after it.

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180903 Live from Aare! Students arriving now!

Welcome to Sweden!
Today we have picked up two of our internships at the airport in Aare/ Ostersund. This is Lars Hallstrom from USA and Mads Kjaer Madsen from Denmark – and they seem to be very happy to join us:-)
Fully equipped with gear for Winter sports and science!
Tomorrow a few more students will arrive in Aare were we are having a get together. Kee[]

Welcome to Sweden!
Today we have picked up two of our internships at the airport in Aare/ Ostersund. This is Lars Hallstrom from USA and Mads Kjaer Madsen from Denmark – and they seem to be very happy to join us:-)
Fully equipped with gear for Winter sports and science!
Tomorrow a few more students will arrive in Aare were we are having a get together. Kee will go through the project goals and after that we will get straight into case work.
Also check my Swedish blog post inside “Gunmarie Testar”.

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180826 Money does not come if the “no fear” mentality is not there! How important is our “world view”?

Well, your mentality speaks volumes!
This hits right back at regional development when it comes to building up our own arenas in Oestersund and Aare.

People say that they are “open”, “driven”, “future thinking” but when time comes for action – they are afraid to walk where they have never walked before. When decision makers find ways to pull the brakes, it often happens that a lot of good[]

Well, your mentality speaks volumes!
This hits right back at regional development when it comes to building up our own arenas in Oestersund and Aare.

People say that they are “open”, “driven”, “future thinking” but when time comes for action – they are afraid to walk where they have never walked before. When decision makers find ways to pull the brakes, it often happens that a lot of good people with driven minds below them will never be able to create opportunities.
When we do something new – I mean really ground breaking – it makes us all grow. Having a “no fear” world view where anything is possible gives us a different mindset, a “no fear” mentality and openness. Radiation and attraction – to attract investments – starts with our mentality!

This is crucial when to attract investors that are often very knowledgeable – at least those with the most money:-)
They invest in people just as much as strategies, if the people are not “in the right mentality and drive” there is a slim chance of investment.

When it comes to building stadiums, arenas or spots to create attraction – the “no fear” mentality is absolutely necessary! How you think is how you plan. It is important to plan out from the return on investment (ROI) and not start by thinking that you are limited in doing things because of lack of funds. If you are limiting yourself in your plans, how are you ever going to produce any ROI for an investor.
We need no top grade in maths to get that!

I am slightly fascinated by the new esports arenas, and I hope that Oestesunds Municipality are also – when they plan the future for the stadium. At this moment we have a huge asset in the stadium, but, as I see it, the mentality is miles behind to be able to take the action that the region needs.

What sets dedicated esports arenas apart from traditional stadiums?
Read here at Sporttechie: https://www.sporttechie.com/dedicated-esports-arenas-and-traditional-stadiums/?utm_source=SportTechie+Updates&utm_campaign=a050f49a81-SportTechie_Weekly_News_8_26_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5d2e0c085b-a050f49a81-294507597
(Picture from Sporttechie)What Sets Dedicated Esports Arenas Apart From Traditional Stadiums

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180822 Amazing girl shows power without fingers and inspires baseball star!

I think sunshine stories is my thing these days:-)
Here is another one!

Directly from Sporttechie:
“Derek Jeter is a baseball legend, a 14-year All-Star and soon-to-be Hall-of-Famer. Jeter is a player used to inspiring others. But now he’s the one taking inspiration from someone else: an eight-year-old girl who just started third grade. Hailey Dawson was born with a rare birth defect that robbed her of three fingers[]

I think sunshine stories is my thing these days:-)
Here is another one!

Directly from Sporttechie:
“Derek Jeter is a baseball legend, a 14-year All-Star and soon-to-be Hall-of-Famer. Jeter is a player used to inspiring others. But now he’s the one taking inspiration from someone else: an eight-year-old girl who just started third grade. Hailey Dawson was born with a rare birth defect that robbed her of three fingers on her right hand…”
Click here to read more: https://www.sporttechie.com/how-a-little-girls-mlb-journey-inspired-derek-jeter-engineers-and-moms/?utm_source=SportTechie+Updates&utm_campaign=758ea4a6ff-SportTechie_Daily_News_8_21_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5d2e0c085b-758ea4a6ff-294507597
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How a Little Girl’s MLB Journey Inspired Derek Jeter, Engineers, and Moms

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180815 Sunshine story: 12-year old built a real-time archery coaching system

I came across this amazing “high-tech-development-story” that I like to share with you guys!
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“When I got to practice at the range without my coach, I found it really hard,” Sriram explained. “I got the same feedback class after class because I couldn’t improve my form practicing alone. My friends in my class also had the same kind of[]

I came across this amazing “high-tech-development-story” that I like to share with you guys!
(Below text and photo from the article at Sportstechie)
When I got to practice at the range without my coach, I found it really hard,” Sriram explained. “I got the same feedback class after class because I couldn’t improve my form practicing alone. My friends in my class also had the same kind of problem.”

So Sriram set out to create something that would help him and his classmates. Archery Assistant uses flex sensors that connect to a phone via blue tooth, plus the accelerometers and gyroscopes in a smartphone, to collect data from the bow. Information from the flex sensor helps the archer learn how much to pull back the bow, while data from the accelerometers and gyroscopes help with angle and orientation.”
Read more here: https://www.sporttechie.com/sriram-bhimaraju-archery-assistant-app-discovery-education-3m-young-scientist/?utm_source=SportTechie+Updates&utm_campaign=d336ba48e3-SportTechie_Daily_News_7_16_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5d2e0c085b-d336ba48e3-294507597
Young Archer Develops Real-Time Archery Coaching App

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