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Video Podcast for EPSRC - Tracking the wave of success for Team GB
ThumbnailTraining sessions for Team GB's swimmers have been getting a helping hand from a new system incorporating cutting-edge movement tracking and sensor technologies.
 
From starting dives to tumble turns the state-of-the-art coaching aid is the first of its kind to be able to track movement wirelessly through water.
 
The system has been developed at Loughborough University's Sports Technology Institute in conjunction with British Swimming, with funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Other partners are UK Sport, Imperial College London and Queen Mary University of London.
 
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The Unfair Advantage of Sports Engineering

The aerodynamics behind cyclingIn May 2012 the Institute of Mechanical Engineering has produced a film featuring one of the ESPRIT Partners, the Loughborough University about their world class sports engineering research that turned into medal-winning equipment.

Embedded technology covers the behind-the-scenes systems that allow coaches and training programmes to analyse movement and fine-tune performance. Enabling technology covers the equipment that athletes use to compete.
 
Sports engineers are undoubtedly pro-technology in sport, but they are also passionate about sport – they do not want to see a technology intervention that undermines the value system of a sport, diminishes the sporting challenge and hinders the growth of the sport. Click here for more information. 
 

Highlights from Imperial College Team
The ESPRIT Pervasive Sensing Exhibition in the Antenna Gallery of the Science Museum was rated the third in the range of summer sports exhibitions by the Museum staff and visitors.
 
The ESPRIT team from Imperial College presented the eAR sensor, a simple sensor that allows monitoring entire body movements, that was deemed successful by the visitors of various age groups.
 
Wearing the sensor behind the ear, visitors of the museum engaged themselves in fun and interactive games designed by the ESPRIT team, such as the “Penguin game” or “Paralympics sports game” designed for team sports such as basketball or wheelchair racing. While children enthusiastically guided the penguin down the hill to measure various body movement through graphs showing angular velocity and other parameters, adults were challenged by a more intellectual interactive questionnaire.
 
As described by the ESPRIT team, the sensors are able to monitor every aspect of our life and can be a life saver for treating certain medical conditions. For information about the event, please visit the News and Events pages of ESPRIT website.
 
The video coverage of this event is available here.
 

Highlights from Queen Mary Team
The ESPRIT Team from Queen Mary University, led by researchers Salzitsa Anastasova and Anna Spehar-Deleze, produced series of videos for various age groups, entitled “Faces of Chemistry” to explain how biosensors to help athletes improve their performance. Three videos were aimed to educate students over 11, 14, and 16 years old and provided insight on how the information gained through certain sensors can aid coaches to improve the training programme for athletes and monitor performance.
 
By discussing oxygen levels, lactate production in body in relation to fitness levels, impacts of dehydration on athletes and other parameter, the scientists from Queen Mary made particular emphasis on the role of the sweat sensors in improving athlete’s performance. According to the researchers, sweating can provide valuable information on the hydration status and electrolyte balance and recording the sweat composition and sweat loss together with the heart rate and breathing can provide a better picture of the physiological status of the athlete.
 
The Queen Mary team have also developed implantable glucose sensors for glucose monitoring in the tissue with a glucose enzyme on the tip that can treat certain medical conditions. The videos generally had a purpose to inform and inspire students to consider material sciences and engineering as a future career, available here for 11+here for 14+ and for 16+ students.   

Best Paper Award at the Sensor Technology Conference
Joshua EllulThe Hamlyn team was presented with a best research paper award at the Fifth International Conference on Sensor Technologies and Applications in Nice, France earlier this year. The paper describes a new operating system that simplifies the Body Sensor Network (BSN) application development and allows for wider use of the system. The technology has the potential to improve healthcare and wellbeing monitoring as it can be utilised at any time and at any location. In particular, it can help with managing global challenges such as the ageing population, which are increasing across the world and chronic conditions, such as diabetes, which are also on the rise. Professor Guang-Zhong Yang, co-author and director of the ESPRIT Program said:“Sensor technology is set to revolutionise the way we monitor our health and wellbeing. We face a number of challenges over the naext decade including how to manage an ageing population. We are delighted that our research is internationally recognised by the Sensor Technology community. Next year we will release the subsequent framework of the BSNOS which will focus on allowing other scientists and people with no experience of programming to control body sensor networks to their needs. This will further enhance how our research can be applied to a wider community.” Watch Josh demonstrate how the BNOS platform works.
 
 

Helen Hamlyn Design Award 2011
Stephen Matthews
In 2011, one of the ESPRIT Team members and Hamlyn Centre Fellows, Stephen Matthews won the prestigious Helen Hamlyn Design Award for Medicine, called Healthcare Anytime-Anywhere. His project proposed a fully integrated healthcare service to manage chronic diseases such as diabetes. A wearable patch dispensed medication from six chambers and was loaded with intelligent sensors that used to transmit their data via a wireless link to a mobile phone. Type I Diabetes were used as a case study to demonstrate proof of concept. "I am very proud to have won the award because it reinforced my decision to try a new direction and it’s great that my efforts can make a real change." Read more about Stephen's award from the Helen Hamlyn Centre.
 

The Pervasive Sensing Team wins the Bluetooth Innovation World Cup 2010
Bluetooth World CupThe work on Body Sensor Networks (BSN) by the Hamlyn researchers got another boost by winning the 2010 Bluetooth Innovation World Cup, announced at the ISPO 2011 in Munich in conjunction with the Wearable Technologies (WT) Conference. The Innovation World Cup was organised by the Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) and supported by Anritsu, Nordic Semiconductor, Suunto, ST Microelectronics, and Texas Instruments. Over 270 innovators took part and an international panel of experts selected three to compete for the Cup at ISPO and WT 2011 to become the Bluetooth Innovator of the Year 2010 and win prizes worth $50,000. Innovative ideas submitted include sports and fitness, healthcare, and home automation. Professor Guang-Zhong Yang, the ESPRIT Director, said: “Use the body as the media and a source of inspiration and energy to provide long-term, continuous sensing and monitoring.” Click here for more information.