Nano4Sports

Project: Research direct

Description

Technological innovations have a huge impact on the way we move and exercise and how we feel about ourselves. The Nano4Sports project uses sensor technology to develop smart innovative solutions for better, safer and lifelong sports experiences for all. There is a specific focus on user cases related to cycling and running, two individual sports with increased popularity.
Based on end-user input, technologies for cycling and running will be developed by a consortium of partners (KU Leuven, Ghent University, IMEC Flanders and The Netherlands, Fontys Sporthogeschool and TU/e). The new technologies are innovative on the level of sensors, data science, and feedback mechanisms.

In this project TU/e focusses, in close collaboration with Fontys and selected field labs, on personalized feedback on 24/7 monitoring and running technique. High individual differences, especially among novice and less experienced runners, challenge individual tailored feedback on both injury prevention and effective training in relation to their 24/7 lifestyle.

Nano4Sports has the ambition to be the reference for sports innovation in Flanders and the Netherlands. A living lab approach is applied in which sport professionals work closely together with scientists and companies in creating new products and services. The Nano4Sports project is funded under the Interreg V program Flanders-Netherlands, the cross-border cooperation program with funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

Key Findings
To get more insights on individual differences between less experienced runners and how runners perceive their sports, a total of three surveys were conducted at Ladiesrun Eindhoven ’17 & ‘18 and at Marathon Eindhoven ’17. Through these surveys, a better understanding was created on the 24/7 monitoring elements surrounding running and factors that might have an influence on potential drop-out. Based on these results, a first design exploration on tailored feedback was made.

Layman's description

Nano4Sports has the goal to stimulate innovative solutions within the sports, health and physical activity domain, in which nanotechnology plays a crucial role.

Key findings

To get more insights on individual differences between less experienced runners and how runners perceive their sports, a total of three surveys were conducted at Ladiesrun Eindhoven ’17 & ‘18 and at Marathon Eindhoven ’17. Through these surveys, a better understanding was created on the 24/7 monitoring elements surrounding running and factors that might have an influence on potential drop-out. Based on these results, a first design exploration on tailored feedback was made.
Short titleDesigning innovative solutions in the physical activity domain
StatusActive
Effective start/end date1/01/1731/12/19

Keywords

  • Sport
  • Sensor
  • Technology
  • Health