June 02, 2004
Wearable Sensors for Martial Arts Blows

bruce_lee.jpgWearable computing just got physical. Somewhat like the military's "smartfibers" that are able to tell when a soldier is shot, researchers at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), Stanford University, and Impact Measurement are building wearable computers to measure blows to the body.

"The researchers are testing the system in tae kwon do matches. Information from the sensors combined with the judges' calls makes for more accurate scoring, according to the researchers. The method could also be used for sensing impact in other contact sports and also for videogames."

Also reminds me of that wonderful suit that Robin Williams wore in TOYS that would make funny sounds for different parts of his body.

[Link via gizmodo]

Posted by nym at June 2, 2004 12:53 PM | TrackBack