Kinect-based system optimizes weightlifter's performance

A computer system which provides 3-D feedback on weightlifting performance has been developed by a Lancaster University (Lancaster, UK) scientist.

Apr 16th, 2013
Kinect-based system optimizes weightlifters performance
Kinect-based system optimizes weightlifters performance

A computer system which provides 3-D feedback on weightlifting performance has been developed by aLancaster University (Lancaster, UK) scientist.

The system, which was designed by Eduardo Velloso, a second year PhD student at the university's school of computing and communications, provides intricate information on a weightlifter's performance ensuring, for the first time, that advice on technique is can be instantly and accurately monitored and relayed in real-time.

The system uses a Microsoft Kinect depth camera to monitor 3-D movement and an LCD display to show if the weightlifter is undertaking the moves in the right way, position and speed. In tests, weightlifters that used the system showed a significant improvement in their performance.

Now, Velloso, a computer engineering graduate of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, plans to tackle another project that will see him attempt to analyze movement to determine the emotions a person is experiencing.

"Previous work in emotion recognition has focused on facial and voice recognition. We are now trying to achieve this by looking as users' bodily expressions. We could use this method in systems to help users in improving their body language for specific situations such as a job interviews or public speaking," he says.

A conference paper by Velloso entitled "Qualitative Activity Recognition of Weight Lifting Exercises," which was published in the Proceedings of the 4th Augmented Human International Conference held in Stuttgart, Germany in March, is available here.

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