SpokeSense

2 side by side photos of an HCII PostDoc and PhD student with the SpokeSense prototype at the NWBA basketball tournament
2018

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Accessibility

A Wearable Fitness Tracker for Wheelchair Athletes

Information provided by traditional fitness trackers is not always relevant to athletes of all abilities. For example, what if you don't take steps?   

The SpokeSense system, a fitness tracker for wheelchair athletes, consists of a variety of sensors packed into a small, laser-cut case. In order to collect real-time data from both the left and right wheels of the sport chair, a case is attached to the center of both wheels. The system measures core metrics, including speed, distance, intensity zones, acceleration and braking. It can also measure the athlete’s position relative to gravity, or tilting, which is something unique to the sport. Wheelchair basketball players often tilt onto one wheel to extend their reach -- for example, to reach for a jump ball -- and an athlete might want to know the angle or how long they maintained the tilt.

Learn more about SpokeSense: HCII Team Tests Fitness Tracker for Wheelchair Athletes at NWBT 

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