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Action Sports Performance Tracking Solution

Trick and move detection with real-time activity data overlays

  • C++
  • UWP
  • .NET
Solution Action sports trick and move recognition solution
Industry Sports
Engagement Model T&M (time and materials)
Methodology Iterative
Team
  • Software Engineers
  • Firmware Programmers
  • QA Engineer
  • Business Analyst
  • Project Manager
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Customer

Problem

Started as a POC project to assess the potential of a homegrown technology, the initiative has spun into a complete solution implementation. The customer tapped Softeq’s expertise to transform the prototype mobile app into a fully functional demo of its flagship product capabilities.

The demo app was to showcase the wide range of features of the customer’s innovative platform powering a puck-like device created for action sports.

Solution

The device with an in-built advanced compute module, 9-axis sensor, and GPS system can be mounted onto a gamut of sports equipment, including snowboard, surfboard, skateboard, BMX bike, wakeboard, basketball, and more. Paired with a specially developed app, the complete solution is set to enable professional and casual sports enthusiasts to improve their technical skills by tracking the trick-making progress.

Using radio or BLE frequency technology, the mobile app connects wirelessly to the sensor that works with accelerometers and gyroscopes providing for the following capabilities:

  • Recording a full HD video of the trick, while retrieving data from the sensor unit
  • Showing video preview with:
    - Charts generated based on the data retrieved from the sensor unit
    - Real-time speed parameters based on a customized speed calculation algorithm
    - Real-time 3D spinning model
    - Trick and move recognition
  • Exporting video into app, while adding an overlay of charts, patterns, and speed values
  • Supporting external cameras

Challenge

When customizing the speed calculation algorithm, the team worked around the problem of processing big chunks of data retrieved from multiple sensor units using a complex filtering mechanism. The team also had to come up with solutions for overcoming the UWP technical limitations.

Results

The solution was test-driven in a real-world environment by a pro surfer, who confirmed the viability of the system under development. The extended version of the demo app was showcased during a public presentation at a development conference organized by the customer.