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03-28-2011, 04:43 PM
Posted 2011-03-27 05:34:25 by Daniel James
News URL: http://www.aikidorepublic.com

A few years ago I started messing around with an instrumented sword to see if i could capture the shape of some senior aikidoka sword cuts and identify markers for skill with the long term aim to get a bit better, a bit quicker. Happily it was accepted for presentation at a Japanese sports technology conference in 2005 (and later in 2008) and at last my personal and professional intrests were beginning align.

Last year our sports technology centre was approached to do some short stories, the idea came up again and it subsequently appeared recently on ABC Catalyst along with some more conventional sports technology research in swimming and tennis. If it sounds mildly interesting you can see it http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/vodcast/default.htm midway through episode 2.
In time I'm hopeful technologies like this may contribute to the IS zeitgeist, seeing something like this in action might help others recognise some potentials, back to the lab for now.

A bit more background on the specific technology the article is here http://www.aikidorepublic.com/aikiphysics/sword-biofeedback


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