The Smartfloor : a large area force-measuring floor for investigating dynamic balance and motivating exercise

HELLER, B, SENIOR, T and WHEAT, J (2014). The Smartfloor : a large area force-measuring floor for investigating dynamic balance and motivating exercise. Procedia Engineering, 72, 226-231.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2014.06.040
Link to published version:: 10.1016/j.proeng.2014.06.040

Abstract

Balance is a pre-requisite of success in many sports and is typically measured under static task constraints. Many sports are dynamic and require more appropriate measures of dynamic balance. Our group has developed a large area (3m x 3m) force-sensing floor (the smartfloor), consisting of 36 networked force-sensing tiles. This equipment can be used to study and train dynamic balance as a participant performs sport-related. Short-throw projectors display high resolution dynamic graphics on the floor and front wall, providing an immersive representation of sporting or other performance environments. The smartfloor can also benefit wider society by providing a functional assessment and training of perceptual-motor behaviours in ageing and pathological groups. Other uses include motivating exercise by implementing movement-controlled games on the floor (exergaming).

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Sports Engineering Research
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.proeng.2014.06.040
Depositing User: Carole Harris
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2014 10:30
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2014 10:30
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8200

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