Saturday, May 06, 2017

Intel Curie: How Sensor-Based Module is Helping Us Be Better Athletes

One can be sure that in just a decade or so, the year of 2016 will be known, in hindsight, as the 1st year of “Digitization of Sports” era. On the 6th of January, 2016, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich officially presented their cutting-edge Intel Curie technology and announced company's new sports strategy. It was a clear message: "We're here to change the principles of modern sports".

                               Very Curieus Year

It all started with Curie. Not Marie Curie, but with Intel Curie innovative module.

It consists of: 

According to Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, Curie was designed for wearables and active sports industry - “to digitize and revolutionize the world of sports” and “deliver wearables in bigger range of ways”.

“With Curie, we believe we created what’s going to change the world of sports. It’s the start of a dramatic revolution in sports”

                                                                                Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO

Being attached to the sports apparel, equipment or body of an athlete, the sensor-based module collects the profound data on sports performance, such as motion patterns, intensity, speed etc. and sends it via Bluetooth to the application, synced with Curie. Basic motion parameters differ for, say, golf and snowboarding, but Curie is able to track even the most specific of themfrom jump height and landing g-forces to golf swing speed and body rotation. In June, 2016, the technology was officially tested at X-Games Austin and Red Bull X-Fighters. Let’s have a closer look at the latter event – to learn how Intel Curie actually performs in the field conditions.

Madrid, Las Ventas bullring. The biggest Xtreme sports contest in the world. Two matchbox-sized modules, powered by Intel Curie chip, were attached to each rider’s BMX bike and helmet – to track their movements and measure parameters of the tricks made – takeoff speed, hang time etc. 

These modules were capturing real-time data and transferring it via Bluetooth to the 16 receivers, called anchors and powered by Intel Edison, placed throughout the arena.The anchors determined the location of each Curie-powered module in three-dimensional space and then redirected that information to a central Intel NUC server. 

Server compiled the data back together and pushed it through complex algorithms, analyzing motion and recognizing tricks. 

At the same time, the second computer was creating the graphics - and in just a fraction of a second viewers and live audience were able to see all the information on the screens, as data overlays and on-screen graphics

No delays or post-processing - famous FMX rider Nick Franklin was still in the air, finishing an astonishing 360-backflip, when all the key figures of his performance appeared on the screen. To make the data traverse this multistep system so fast, that viewers don't notice any delay, is a challenging process. It requires a huge amount of sensor data and computer resources.

“Every aspect of sports and wellness can now be captured as a piece of data, measured and broadcast nearly in real time – fueling the continued buildout of the cloud”

                                                                                  Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO

Intel Curie module creates the presence effect for the viewer – especially, if implemented along with Intel Replay and Intel Voke VR Technologies. Due to that we can better understand what athletes experience, while making their outstanding feats. We, in some way, can put ourselves in their shoes.
Curie’s application isn’t limited only to making viewers’ life better. By means of this technology, athletes and their coaches can monitor the athletic performance accurately and minutely. All you need for the effective training session analysis is the Intel Curie module and the application, synced with it. The app interprets data from Curie's sensors, calculates your movements and recognizes your motion patterns. Then the machine learning comes in – the app compares your recent motion pattern to all the previous training sessions and/or to “close-to-ideal” examples, pre-recorded by the famous athletes. You see the strong and weak points of your performance and get well-founded piece of advice on how to improve it. The app is also able to create video files, featuring specific diagrams and data overlays, generated for the post-training analysis.

“This new technology is going to blow the world away. Data from the Curie module helps me inform the training”

                                                              Kyle Baldock, X Games Gold Medalist

According to Intel's new sports strategy, they're going to revolutionize the sports and fitness industries in terms of broadcasting technologies, stadium shows, training approaches and athletes’ performances. Millimeter-scale computing, virtual and augmented reality,  IOT, advanced big data processing, machine learning, real-time 3D modeling – these technologies are intended to change both viewers and athletes experience drastically in the next few years. And it all started with Curie.


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

CQRS for Enterprise Web Development

One of our tech experts from the Enterprise Web Development Department recently wrote a whitepaper on CQRS and its practical value for a business.

The article contains a few examples from the eCommerce domain, however nothing too specific. If you deal with other areas, do read through. There are pros and cons of the architecture pattern itself, and reasoning why it may turn out to have a lower total cost of ownership despite higher time, resources and budget input at the very beginning.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Developing Apps for a Living: Pro Advice for Beginners

If programming is your vocation but you are not sure how to start and which language to choose, check our tips. A professional iOS developer working for a top full-stack development company shares his advice with those who are making their first steps in the profession. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

IoT Expert Interview Features Proximity Technology Solutions of the Smart Era

While connected tech is booming and the press keeps exploiting the IoT hype, we thought it would make sense to investigate real-life use cases of connected devices and proximity solutions in the B2B/B2C segments.

IoT stats and forecast by Gartner

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Softeq Helped Develop a Go-To Parking App for San Francisco Residents

While we desperate Houstonians hardly envision the moment when those Uber vehicles get the city licence to legally hit our nowheresville roads, San Francisco luckers treat themselves to ride-sharing cars and new parking opportunities. Way to go! Finding a secure spot for your auto in an unknown destination up and down San Francisco is no longer a problem! Enjoy your instant GPS route along with the convenience of valet parking services. Check out another smart iOS app created by Softeq mobile team! Just released on the App Store!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

How Mobile is Changing the Car Economy

Every other announcement within the tech-focused circles goes that mobile-automotive partnership really holds great potential for the future, which exactly means a leap towards the advent of connected cars. Being a critical challenge on the worldwide consumer electronics agenda, connected vehicles require an exceptional tech maturity, advanced risk management, and a carefully vetted business strategy more than any other component of the IoT environment. So the chances are that today’s conventional business and sales strategies would soon become no longer feasible. In the meantime, we witness them upending one way or the other due to the “all-mobile and connected” fever. Let us then contemplate what kind of changes are just around the corner from the car ownership and pricing perspectives.

From Car Sharing to Autonomous Driving


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Trends to Take Home from CES and MWC 2016: Part II

Mobile Front-runners and Giants Living Out Their Careers 
Sure enough, it’s not by CES alone that we learn about the all-embracing tech trends. Another must-visit event highlighting innovative projects and cutting-edge initiatives is the Mobile World Congress. Since our team had a chance to attend both of the events, we couldn’t but feel content that maintaining a strong focus on the Internet of Things, connected objects, and VR/AR helps us stay on the right track.

Apart from readily apparent heyday of VR products, technologies, and services, a whole lot of other fascinating solutions shone up to the amazed audience. Our major takeaways from MWC 2016 are as follows:

  • Next-gen Bluetooth enabled accessories like LG’s and Samsung’s 360-degree action cameras together with robotic toys by Sony seem to start challenging well-liked wearables, which were almost nowhere to be found at MWC. 


Trends to Take Home from CES and MWC 2016

Year in year out the whirling merry-go-round of the world’s major tech events called Consumer Electronics Show and Mobile World Congress presents to the world all the gizmos and widgets one could think of and even more.

CES 2016 became a stage of plenty electric cars and driving gadgets, drones, smart home systems, VR devices and sets, 3D printers, all-popular smartwatches, devices for tracking health and fitness wearables, and more. The event has always been considered by the tech business tribe as quite a trendsetting environment, and that’s not for nothing. The highly-anticipated solutions gain maturity and flesh reducing the time to market and getting closer to the consumer.  

Now let’s get straight to the point and zoom in on the CES 2016 trends that we can reasonably be sure will continue to evolve changing the tech industry game around the world. 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Drones Challenges for Global Minds: Part II

Here we are with the last bits of our little investigation on drone challenges. High time to move on to the accidents column.

# 4 Ever Fly, Ever Crash
Whatever safe and elaborate a tech device is programmed to be, accidents happen. Thus, the statistics revealed that Air Force drones set a sorrowful record of crashes last year.


Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Drones Challenges for Global Minds

Although tech giants are struggling to overpower one another with their drone delivery system developments, the advent of global drone services era gets stuck delayed by swarming issues — from the US Federal Aviation Administration’s regulations to purely technical concerns. Being deeply engaged in "drones-for-business" projects, we decided to make up a brief of major challenges that impede the initiatives and efforts underway to present drone-based services at the international arena. 

# 1 The Pretty Reckfull: Air Traffic Jam