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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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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
(picture from Sporttechie – Hailey Dawson)
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!
(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[]

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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180811 Tests in Oestersund – what´s next?

Final day of the tests this time around!
Did you read Benedikt’s posts?
If not, go and check them out: it has been a crucial week for our team and we succeeded! We are now one step closer to bring you an innovative product for cross-country skiing and biathlon! We have collected data from athletes using different systems (GNNS, photocells and videocameras) and these measurements will be compared[]

Final day of the tests this time around!
Did you read Benedikt’s posts?
If not, go and check them out: it has been a crucial week for our team and we succeeded! We are now one step closer to bring you an innovative product for cross-country skiing and biathlon! We have collected data from athletes using different systems (GNNS, photocells and videocameras) and these measurements will be compared with those recorded by Benedikt’s system, allowing us to prove the validity of Archinisis’s (Benedikt´s start up) sensors. Users will know that they are using a reliable and trustworthy product!

What´s next?
Cases with our national alpine team, tourist apps and helmets, and inlines of course! There is lot´s to come and to follow here in the blog!
First week of september our new students will arrive to the project office here in Aare, and I will be sure to meet them – great fun to come!

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180808 Second day of exciting tests for the Swedish cross country team!

Here is a few lines on the second day of tests at Oestersund Stadium, our upcoming World Championship Arena.
So here we are, after Validation Day 2.

Today we tested our cross-country setup: Our GNSS-IMU sensor (this is recording 3D position, 3D speed, 3D acceleration, and 3D angular velocity) is worn on the upper back using a custom-made shirt (see picture below).

GNSS? Complicated? No – more simple than[]

Here is a few lines on the second day of tests at Oestersund Stadium, our upcoming World Championship Arena.
So here we are, after Validation Day 2.

Today we tested our cross-country setup: Our GNSS-IMU sensor (this is recording 3D position, 3D speed, 3D acceleration, and 3D angular velocity) is worn on the upper back using a custom-made shirt (see picture below).

GNSS? Complicated? No – more simple than you think!
Well, you got a regular one in your car´s navigation computer, but our differential GNSS can achieve a much higher position accuracy than a regular GNSS. We want to compare its performance against a so-called golden standard or reference system. In our case it was a high-end differential GNSS. This differential GNSS using not only the data sent from satellites but also from one or multiple base stations. The two major downsides are the high costs of such a system, typically in the order of several ten thousand Euros, and the size of the system (think the size of a deep soup plate:-).
To guarantee optimal signal reception the satellite antenna needs to be rather big and should be always oriented horizontally with no trees or mountains obstructing the sky.

In comparison, take our GNSS-IMU sensor which weighs only around 35 grams, costs just above 1000 EUR and also works relatively well in non-ideal conditions. However, the position obtained from that sensor is not accurate to a few centimetres but to about 2-3 meters in ideal conditions and 10-20 metres in medium conditions. Special algorithms are then needed so that we can still do high-level analysis on a professional level where we need a position accuracy of 20 to 50 centimetres.

As a team – we (the Internet of Sports project) meets up to the demands of the ski teams and our other cases, this is also an opportunity for start-ups such as myself to test and build new innovative technique.
My start-up Archinisis is developing such type of special algorithms that are, in this case, optimized to work for cross-country skiing. And today’s measurements will show us how precise these special algorithms are and if/ how we can obtain data good enough for a professional level.

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For today we used six athletes who were skiing short loops on the biathlon penalty track and longer loops around the Oestersund Biathlon stadium and out into the forest. A few numbers to summarize our day:
All in all, the athletes skied 39.6 km for us, reaching top speeds of over 50 km/h on some of the downhill parts. At fast speeds in the penalty loops (25 km/h) the athlete feels a centripetal acceleration of approximately 4 m/s2. This means that he feels being pushed out of the track by a force of almost half his body weight!

Tomorrow we will continue with biathlon. Stay tuned again for more insight information and fun facts we discovered during our measurements!

 

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180808 Lyssna på när vi var live i Sveriges Radio idag!

Länk till intressanta intervjuer med vårt projekt finns här:
https://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=78&artikel=7015859

Länk till intressanta intervjuer med vårt projekt finns här:
https://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=78&artikel=7015859

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180807 Lyssna på oss live i morgon 8/8 mellan 15 och 16! Listen to us on live radio tomorrow August 8 between 3 pm and 4 pm!

Sätt på Sveriges Radio P4 Jämtland onsdag 8 augusti efter 15-tiden, vi kommer in direkt efter nyheterna – LIVE från Östersunds Skidstadion! Missa inte detta – och stanna kvar, vi kommer in flera gånger mellan 15 och 16! Du kommer också att träffa det innovativa företaget Marsblade där vi digitaliserar inlines!

Tune in to Sveriges Radio P4 Jaemtland Wednesday August 8 after 3 pm, we will be on directly after[]

Sätt på Sveriges Radio P4 Jämtland onsdag 8 augusti efter 15-tiden, vi kommer in direkt efter nyheterna – LIVE från Östersunds Skidstadion! Missa inte detta – och stanna kvar, vi kommer in flera gånger mellan 15 och 16! Du kommer också att träffa det innovativa företaget Marsblade där vi digitaliserar inlines!

Tune in to Sveriges Radio P4 Jaemtland Wednesday August 8 after 3 pm, we will be on directly after the news – LIVE from Oestersund Stadium! Dont miss out – and stay with us, we will come in several times between 3 pm and 4 pm! You will also meet the innovative company Marsblade where we are digitizing inlines!

Great:-)
See you guys in P4!

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180807 Start up test at Oestersund Stadium – stay tuned for more!

Time for new validations – Day one!
Validation = Short for checking out if a new system delivers what is needed.
On this first day we had two tasks: Collect validation data for the cross-country and biathlon system – provided by my own Swiss start-up Archinisis – and get some first data from inline skating for the innovative company Marsblade.
We wanted to know how accurate the[]

Time for new validations – Day one!
Validation = Short for checking out if a new system delivers what is needed.
On this first day we had two tasks: Collect validation data for the cross-country and biathlon system – provided by my own Swiss start-up Archinisis – and get some first data from inline skating for the innovative company Marsblade.
We wanted to know how accurate the timing resolution for the split times is for the cross-country and biathlon system in ideal conditions: recording on a straight line with constant speed and perfect satellite visibility. To achieve this goal, we set up two photocell gates spaced 20 m apart next to the biathlon penalty loop at the Oestersund Stadium. Then we modified an electric bike so that we can attach a sensor and make sure that we have a large surface that triggers the timing system always exactly the same way (see picture). With the bike we biked around a loop passing straight through the two photocell gates a total of thirty times at low, medium and fast speeds.

For the afternoon with Marsblade we fixed up two custom made GNSS and inertial sensors on each inline skate and a third sensor was worn by the athlete. Two inline skaters where then skating laps on a parking lot and were filmed at the same time. This data will allow us to get a first idea of how inertial signals during inline skating look like and will allow to develop specialized algorithms to estimate key parameters such as the cadence and stride length.

Stay tuned for our next two measurement days: tomorrow we will do measurements with cross-country skiers and the day after with biathletes at and around Oestersund Stadium.
(Picture below from left: Associate Professor Marko Laaksonen, Professor Matej Supej, Doctor Benedikt Fasel, Performance engineer Alessandro Galloppini and student Oyvind Karlsson)
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180806 Our high level field tests with the Swedish cross country and biathlon teams continues this week!

We are up and ready for validation of our new state-of-the-art (world class) system, built for our national teams in cross country- and biathlon. Around twenty skiers will join our case team at the stadium in Oestersund this week.
We are at the same time performing tests with the sports tech company Marsblade, this is the start-up test for digitizing inlines – and we can´t wait!
We have[]

We are up and ready for validation of our new state-of-the-art (world class) system, built for our national teams in cross country- and biathlon. Around twenty skiers will join our case team at the stadium in Oestersund this week.
We are at the same time performing tests with the sports tech company Marsblade, this is the start-up test for digitizing inlines – and we can´t wait!
We have a stuffed and flaming hot week coming up!
Stay tuned with our blog, we will get back here and tell you all about it:-)

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180801 Paralympics – very impressive, if you did not watch Zebastian Modin, you missed out badly!

Olympic games are exciting and attractive: the best athletes in the world compete in order to become the number one in a certain discipline, from swimming to running, from skiing to snowboarding.

After the Olympic games, another event ususally takes place: the Paralympics. These games are as fun as the others and can be even more impressive, if you think of what people with disabilities are able to do! It[]

Olympic games are exciting and attractive: the best athletes in the world compete in order to become the number one in a certain discipline, from swimming to running, from skiing to snowboarding.

After the Olympic games, another event ususally takes place: the Paralympics. These games are as fun as the others and can be even more impressive, if you think of what people with disabilities are able to do! It takes the breath out of you!
Did you see Swedish Zebastian Modin win a silver medal in cross country skiing?
I really hope you did.

Maybe you don’t know that in order to take part in the Paralympics, athletes need to be eligible. This means that their impairment has to be assessed and then each person is assigned to a certain class, made of athletes with similar levels of impairment. This procedure has to be done accurately, since a wrong choice may affect the result of a competition and therefore the interest of people in a certain sport.

However, these assessments are currently made through subjective evaluations. The International Paralympic Committee knows that this is a big limitation and is trying to do its best in order to find new tools and methods that would allow to obtain objective measurements about the level of impairment. During my Master’s thesis I had the chance to get in touch with this world, trying to give my little contribution. I found it very exciting and challenging!
Check this out:
https://www.paralympic.org
(Below a picture of Zebastian Modin from this website: http://paralympics.se/zebastian-ar-pa-jakt-efter-guldet/)
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I hope that this post made you even more interested in parasports and the research that we can do around it to support athletes!
You can also support by watching more and spreading the word:-)

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