Initially our project was not a device for athletes but a way for people to communicate with each other in a more convenient and immersive way. Later we applied this to the people an athlete or a coach may interact with to create the concept of StretchTech.
What it does
StrechTech reports and collects information of players, in any sport, such as a body temperature and a motion. In the case of an incident, the data can later be analysed to understand what the player's body went through and how the injury occurred. This will ultimately result in more data collection that will help the players, the coaches, and the doctors understand how to treat the injury and avoid it in the future.
How we built it
We started to brainstorm our ideas and tried to combine them with a device, an Arduino. Then we integrated the Arduino with python and created a program that will allow us to visualize the motion of the player in real-time. This would hypothetically later be connected to an app to make understanding this information more convenient for the people involved.
Challenges we ran into
Coming up with an idea that was both efficient and effective that could be built in 24 hours. Another problem was with the sensors, specifically the accelerometer picking up extra noise that hindering relevant data collection. We also had trouble integrating the data collection and data analysis
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We have a great idea that is actually pretty useful. This product although would be really useful to athletes would be more money efficient for highschools and colleges to prevent injuries.
What we learned
We learnt various general information about the risks associated with football. We also learnt the general overarching way of looking at a problem, finding a specific issue, and brainstorming and creating a solution for that issue to overcome the obstacle.
What's next for StrechTech
Size of the technology, accuracy of the sensors, and the scalability of the product is something that is important to consider in the future. Also because no app was developed we need to work on that component of the user experience aswell