MotivePro, which has been dubbed the “Vibrating Suit,” has been developed by the Birmingham City University in the UK. The suit helps athletes and other users to improve their memory of physical technique. The device has been tested by Olympic hopeful Mimi Cesar, the UK’s third-ranking rhythmic gymnast.
The suit is designed to give wearers feedback about where their body is in space. It does this by focusing on key points in the body, and taking relative measurements between them to check the user's position. This data, much more simple to acquire and treat in real time than more complex motion capture systems, is then used to give the wearer feedback in real time about their movement.
The sensors include a vibrating motor like that found on a mobile phone, and these can be set to vibrate to indicate when someone moves outside a desirable range. This is not the only use of the data: it can also be transformed into sound or visual files, all designed to give feedback in real time that enables wearers to adjust their movements in performance.
The system can also record the movements to use after the event. This means that archives can be built showing relative performance over time, any long term trajectories identified, and the use of the data to make averages among particular user groups.