Title: Supporting real-time awareness for the community of runners

Authors: Naka Gotoda, Kenji Matsuura, Takuji Hirano, Toshio Tanaka, Yoneo Yano

Addresses: The University of Tokushima, 2-1, Minamijosanjima, Tokushima, Tokushima 770-8506, Japan. ' The University of Tokushima, 2-1, Minamijosanjima, Tokushima, Tokushima 770-8506, Japan. ' The University of Tokushima, 2-1, Minamijosanjima, Tokushima, Tokushima 770-8506, Japan. ' The University of Tokushima, 2-1, Minamijosanjima, Tokushima, Tokushima 770-8506, Japan. ' The University of Tokushima, 2-1, Minamijosanjima, Tokushima, Tokushima 770-8506, Japan

Abstract: This paper describes a training-support environment for runners who run together with mobile sensor network. The system provides awareness information as feedbacks to runners by using their kinetic feature and communication conditions between sensors at the real-time. In particular 3D-acceleration sensor catches repeats of arm swing. Moreover, sensors transmit such information to the remote server on the web. The remote advisor can observe the condition of runners by way of graphic reports of sensing information on the web and control the trigger of awareness manually. We have designed and implemented our proposal. From the result of a trial use, the system contributes some runners| improvements about the stabilisation of their pace.

Keywords: physical skills knowledge; wireless sensor networks; WSN; running awareness; group pace training; motivation; ubiquitous computing; online learning; e-learning; electronic learning; arm swing; training support; athletics; information feedback; acceleration sensors; internet; remote servers; web intelligence; sports technology.

DOI: 10.1504/IJKWI.2010.034193

International Journal of Knowledge and Web Intelligence, 2010 Vol.1 No.3/4, pp.289 - 303

Published online: 17 Jul 2010 *

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