MEMS sensor technology used to train competitive rowers

By Howard Wisniowski, Marketing program manager, Analog Devices, Wilmington, MA

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What I love about this blog from Analog Devices’ Marketing Program Manager, Howard Wisniowski, is that it starts with the simple idea of making human motion smarter through technology. Last year I broke my ankle while running (avoiding a truck and I fell in a ditch…but I digress). If I had the inertial motion technology described below, perhaps I could have avoided injury and be a smarter, more efficient runner. Think it’s science fiction, a la Bionic Woman? Nope. As this blog will tell you, the technology is here and is being applied in very real-world examples that will revolutionize the way we interact with our environment, thanks to the MEMS inside. Enjoy — Karen Lightman, Managing Director, MEMS Industry Group.

November 28, 2011 — Whether it’s keeping athletes in top form, improving navigation in medical robots, helping industrial operators extend factory equipment life, or preventing automotive rollovers, high-performance micro electro mechanical system (MEMS) inertial sensing technology adds a new dimension that transforms many conventional applications.

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One thought on “MEMS sensor technology used to train competitive rowers

  1. Howard…..this broght to mind some of the work that I didas a volunteer for the US Olympic Committee in the mid-90’s out of their Colorado Springs training facility. I was part of a five person team whose job it was to “instrument” atheletes. We had three major platforms…rowing, bicycling and cross country skiing. We used off- the- shelf sensors (I was the sensor guy) and worked with the staff at the facility to better understand what physical parameters they needed to monitor various parameters…speed, acceleration, force, torque to optimize athelete performance. This data was collected and wirelessly sent to a data collection platform for analysis. Considering that MEMS was a far cry from where it is now…we were able to capture some great information and help the sports physiologists at the facility help support the US atheletes.

    Cheers! Roger Grace, Roger Grace Associated

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