A smartphone based system for kite and board measurements in kitesurfing

NEBAS, Tim and HELLER, Ben (2014). A smartphone based system for kite and board measurements in kitesurfing. Procedia Engineering, 72, 477-482.

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This study introduces a smartphone based measurement system to obtain dynamic parameters of board and kite during kitesurfing. A built-in GPS receiver tracked the path and speed of the kitesurfer. Orientation values from inertial sensors in the smartphones attached to the kite were used to visualise kite movement patterns through projection onto the surface of a sphere. Ring transducers on kite lines measured forces acting between the kite and kitesurfer. The measurement system was tested with one participant. The total distance covered was 6654 m at an average speed of 8.17 m/s. Accelerations during a jump were evaluated to estimate jump height and duration. Board orientations and kite movements were found to be reasonable and in alignment with video recordings. Kite steering and lift force traces comprehensibly described the interaction between kitesurfer and kite. Jump parameters were in agreement with visual observations.

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Published in special issue : The Engineering of Sport 10. Edited by David James, Simon Choppin, Tom Allen, Jon Wheat and Paul Fleming.

Paper from The 2014 Conference of the International Sports Engineering Association, held at Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, 14-17 July 2014.

Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Sports Engineering Research
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.proeng.2014.06.084
Depositing User: Carole Harris
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2014 09:36
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2015 14:55
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8204

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