Figure 6: MotionTracking device solution components
So how will MEMS MotionTracking devices make an impact on this market? Some wearable sensing devices on the market today already monitor heart rate or provide pedometer functions. Some even include GPS to track my activities outdoors. Increasingly, the question more people are asking these days in relation to their personal fitness is: “What did I accomplish today?” This is where concepts such as “Quantified Self” and “Contextual Awareness” are starting to gain momentum and where MEMS Motion Tracking intersects fitness and sports via wearable sensing devices.
MEMS MotionTracking devices allow the measurement of linear motion, the rate of rotation, direction and altitude. With this information at our disposal it is now possible with the use of some sophisticated algorithms to accurately classify and recognize any number of activities throughout our day: sitting, walking, running, swimming, jump height, swing speed, or any other physical movement.
With the use of wireless telemetry, this data can be transferred from the wearable sensor to a smartphone or some other hub for processing, analysis and reporting.