Group Project with Paul Stawenow , Thomas Tredinnick and Christoper Stasi
Every athlete aspires to be the best they can be. The process of achieving their potential is both a physical a mental battle. Pace is a smart system that has been developed with a focus on aiding both elite and semi-professional cyclists to continuously train at their peak performance. It learns each athletes’ potential and pushes them above and beyond their current capabilities.
Pace achieves this intelligent system by analyzing the cyclists’ real-time physical and mental performance. A virtual competitor is then superimposed on the athlete’s vision showing him/her what they can and should be achieving in real-time.
We came up with this concept after a mapping of the area of cycling, some interviews of professional and passionate cyclists and some research. We came across this difficulty expressed by cyclist of staying motivated and focused while practicing.
We designed this helmet in order to make a ‘looks-like’ prototype. But we also did some experimentation in order to develop a ‘works-like’ prototype.
Our ‘works-like’ prototype was composed of a head up display (HUD), a headset, a speed sensor and a pulse sensor. We used Arduino and Processing to collect the data and calculate the position of the virtual trainer before generating the visualization displayed in the HUD.
We were exhibiting Pace in the Tate Modern, London, for the Queen Elizabeth Prize Day (Interview of Thomas Tredinnick my teammate at minute 1).
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